Kim Davis Jailed For Refusing to Issue Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples

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The now-infamous Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis decided she’d rather go to jail than do her job Thursday.

The Associated Press reports that Davis said “thank you” when she was told by the judge that she’d be sent to jail for not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Prior to her sentencing, she “testified for about 20 minutes and was very emotional. She talked about when she became a Christian.” Outside the courtroom stood hundreds of protestors.

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bittertaylor
The Real Unsharer

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Kim Davis’ understanding of religious freedom is seriously flawed. The marriage license only indicates that the couple has met the legal requirements to qualify for marriage. It does NOT confer religious acceptance of the marriage, so her religion isn’t being violated as far as I can tell.

As Jon Davidson of Lambda Legal noted:

“Just how many of those supporting…Davis’s refusal to issue marriage licenses based on her religious objection to same-sex couples marrying would support a Quaker government official who refused to issue them gun permits based on a religious commitment to pacifism?”