Symbol of a past whose time is over

Since Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis was taken into federal custody Thursday for refusing the Supreme Court’s order to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples (and subsequently released on the condition she not interfere with the issuing of marriage licenses), the religious right has made the Democrat into an icon. Republican presidential candidates are elevating her as the poster child of the Barack Obama administration’s alleged crusade against religious liberty. But by using her government position to force same-sex couples into conforming to her religious beliefs, Davis has instead cast herself as a lasting symbol of bigotry…

While Davis’ actions could be misconstrued as civil disobedience, what separates her from actual civil disobedience leaders is that her actions are rooted in a denial of equality, rather than a push for greater equality. In his Letter From a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King wrote,

“So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice?”

In refusing the court’s order to recognize same-sex marriage, Davis is no different than Alabama governor George Wallace, who vowed “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever,” and defied federal authorities by blocking a doorway to prevent two black University of Alabama students from going to class.

Kim Davis’ era is over. It’s time to impeach her and replace her with a clerk who will do the job without discrimination.

According to Pew research, American support of marriage equality went from 57 percent opposed and 35 in favor in 2001, to 55 percent in favor and 39 percent opposed in 2015…Even the right-leaning National Journal admits that support for gay marriage is up by at least 30 points among virtually all demographics — the only demographics that doesn’t include are African-Americans (up by 26 points), Southerners (up by 25) and Republicans (up by 21 percent). Davis and her supporters fall into a very vocal minority.

Americans have largely evolved beyond their hatred. While racism remains rampant 50 years after desegregation, racists can no longer deny equal access to public places solely based on the color of someone’s skin. And while homophobic views still pervade much of the rural United States despite the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality, same-sex couples in Rowan County, Kentucky, are finally having their marriages recognized. Kim Davis’ era is over. It’s time to impeach her and replace her with a clerk who will do the job without discrimination.

Even on the lowest common denominator of local politics – Kim Davis got her job as a replacement for Mommy who was retiring. All Americans are accustomed to the dangers of generational family politics. We’ve suffered through generations of Bushes starting with a Hitler supporter.

And by the way, one of her deputy clerks is her son. Ready to carry on the family traditions of religious bigotry – and nepotism.

9 thoughts on “Symbol of a past whose time is over

  1. drugsandotherthings says:

    …and its been ~50 years since theCivil Rights Act. And we still have a loooong way to go. Sadly hatred, ingnorance, and intolerance is hard to eradicate.
    Maybe my childs child will know a different world (if we last that long).

  2. Mark says:

    “While Davis’ actions could be misconstrued as civil disobedience, what separates her from actual civil disobedience leaders is that her actions are rooted in a denial of equality, rather than a push for greater equality.”

    Soooooo…civil disobedience isn’t civil disobedience if it denies equality? Really? I’m a bit tired of Ministry of Truth talk from the left who say stuff isn’t really stuff unless it conforms to my world view. Hardly objective journalism.

    Yes she’s a bigot and I see no reason to deny gay men and lesbians marriage under the law, but linking civil disobedience to equality and gay rights to [insert oppressed group here] civil rights is just plain lazy thinking.

    • morey says:

      1. The article is labeled an opinion piece. 2. The history of civil disobedience has overwhelmingly been progressive from Gandhi’s antecedents to the present day.

      You can prefer semantic logic over the real world. Reality shows the Right generally choosing violence – with the backing of power groups from the police to elected officials to media monopolies. Not civil disobedience.

      • disraeli says:

        Semantics incorrect, as well. Civil disobedience implies if not directly “civilian” opposition to a law or a practice. A politician refusing to enforce a law is just another scumbag politician. Little is ever done – which is why it took the expense of court action to do anything. The rest of the political structure of Kentucky sat on their hands.

  3. Schütz says:

    [Members of the armed, anti-government vigilante group] “Oath Keepers offer of protection for embattled Clerk Kim Davis” http://oathkeepers.org/oktester/oath-keepers-offer-of-protection-for-embattled-clerk-kim-davis/ In a statement and recorded phone call featuring Oathkeeper’s founder Stewart Rhodes, Jackson County (Kentucky) Sheriff Denny Peyman, Missouri Oathkeeper Jon Karriman and West Virginia Oathkeeper Allen Lardieri, the men outline their plans to head to Kentucky to provide “round-the-clock” protection for Kim Davis to ensure Federal Marshals are not able to take her into custody again if U.S. District Judge David Bunning orders her to be held again on contempt of court charges. The group had previously planned to protest in front of Judge Bunning’s home.

  4. Update says:

    A gay man who was denied a marriage license in Kentucky two years ago by a county clerk who refused to issue licenses for same-sex marriages will run to unseat her next year, he said on Wednesday. https://www.usnews.com/news/top-news/articles/2017-12-06/gay-man-to-run-against-kentucky-clerk-who-denied-him-marriage-license David Ermold, of Morehead, Kentucky, announced his candidacy as a Democrat against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who drew worldwide attention when she refused to grant the licenses to same-sex couples, citing Apostolic Christian beliefs. Ermold and his partner were one of the four couples who sued Davis.

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