Thursday, September 03, 2015

Kim Davis got what she deserved, has no one to blame but herself

Kim Davis

It's been over for a couple of hours now.

Anti-gay Kentucky clerk Kim Davis was found guilty of the contempt of court charge and will now spend her days in a cozy jail cell until she comes around and issues marriage licenses to gay couples.

I really didn't WANT it to come to this. I cringed at the thought of anti-gay groups and personalities attempting to falsely make Davis into the poster child for their phony religious liberty argument.

But now that the ruling has come down, allow me to tell you what I DO NOT intend to do:

I will not show this woman any sympathy and I refuse to concern troll the judge's ruling. I DO intend to back the ruling with every fiber of my being. And it's a simple question of why?


Why in the hell do the lgbt community have to be put in a negative position here? We didn't do anything wrong. In spite of right-wing screeches of a "Gaystapo" or a "Gay Mafia," our community has acted perfectly correct in this situation. We legally challenged the constitutionality  of  the anti-marriage equality laws, took the creators of these laws to court, presented our case, and WON fair and square.

Isn't that how it's done in this country?

Davis is an elected official. It is her duty to follow the law. She refused and paid the penalty; a deservedly harsh one.

So what is the problem here?  What else is there to talk about?

This situation was not about the lgbt community, but the American judicial system. As much as I hate to admit it, if Davis had not been severely punished, it would have trivialized our courts, our judges and the Constitution itself,  What would be the point of seeking remedies or rights via the court if one person can circumvent its decision by figuratively holding her breath until she gets her way?  And then get a little slap on the wrist for her trouble?

Kim Davis is not, nor has she ever been, a martyr for Christianity. She is a self-righteous dictatorial demagogue who dragged her staff into an illegal fight that many of them didn't want to have in the first place.

That makes her selfish.

And apparently she knew that same-sex marriage would be legalized but decided she wouldn't resign because if she did, she would, according to a recent Fox News interview,  "have no voice for God's word."

But in a statement two days before, she said  she “never imagined” that a day would come when she would be forced by the law to recognize marriages that she deems unholy and illegitimate in the eyes of God.

That also makes her a liar.

So on one hand, we have the lgbt community who attained marriage the right way. We felt we were being discriminated against and successfully sought legal remedy.

On the other hand, we have a woman who thinks that her religious beliefs should be above our legal system so much so that she is willing to lie about it and was, through the power of her elected office, dragging her subordinates into her illegal crusade.

Why is this even a hard choice in terms of who to support?

Kim Davis hearing not over, but deputies turn on her, says they are afraid of her

As America awaits the ending of the Kim Davis contempt hearing (which looks like it won't be over  before the time I have to get from lunch), we are getting news about the other folks who work in her office. Davis is the head clerk and thereby the head supervisor. According to her own subordinates, this entire debacle is that of Davis's own making:

Kim Davis’s Deputies Reportedly Say They Want To Issue Marriage Licenses But Are Too Afraid Of Davis:

In an interview with the Kentucky Trial Court Review, Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins expressed exasperation with Kim Davis, the anti-gay clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses due to her objections to marriage equality. Davis, Watkins said, “does not represent” the county or its values, and he added that he told Davis that he “will not and cannot support” her in her refusal to obey the Constitution. Perhaps most significantly, Watkins also says that he learned that Davis’s deputy clerks would issue marriage licenses to all couples legally entitled to one, but that they are too afraid of Davis to do so. If Judge David Bunning, the federal judge who is expected to hold Davis in contempt after a hearing Thursday morning, orders Davis’s deputies to issue marriage licenses, Watkins says, the deputies will comply.

Kim Davis Vows To Use County Office To Spread 'God's Word,' Act As Divine Vessel - Meanwhile, Davis had an exclusive interview with that slimy, homophobic weasel from Fox News, Todd Starnes. I refuse to link to the monstrosity, so this link from Right Wing Watch talks about all it.

If something good happens (and it probably will by the time I get up from this chair) go here for the LIVE FEED outside the Kentucky courtroom

And the live twitter feed here