Ever since same-sex marriage was legalized it has been a hot topic. And today it’s even hotter in the news with the arrest of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses. The 49-year-old woman, self-described as an “Apostolic Christian,” has refused to issue ANY marriage licenses since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June. She states that marriage is between one man and one woman ONLY. She refuses to go back on her stance, and therefore is being held in contempt of court.
I am all for religious freedom in our country. Everyone has a right to their own beliefs, but on the same token, she is violating OTHER’S rights as well. It is definitely a hot-button issue to which many are taking sides. Kim Davis of course has her supporters, those who believe that marriage should be for heterosexual couples only, and those with strong religious convictions.
I was born and raised Catholic, went to Catholic school, graduated from a Catholic college and have always considered myself to be a “Good Christian,” but, there comes a time when one begins to question their own beliefs when basic human rights are being questioned. The Bible teaches us to “love one another” and “not judge” and I KNOW there are strict passages about homosexuality but first of all, not everyone is a Bible-believing Christian and secondly, who are we to tell anyone else how to live their lives?
Love comes in many shapes, sizes, colors and, gasp, SEXES as well! I have seen some same-sex couples who have healthier and happier marriages than MANY of the “traditional” couples I have known.
The Bible is also against piercings and tattoos. So should she refuse to issue a license to anyone with ANY type of body piercing or tattoo? Where do we draw the line?
I think Kim Davis should DEFINITELY be entitled to her opinion, but it should NOT, however, affect her job. She should treat everyone with respect and equality. Issuing marriage licenses is a HUGE part of her job, and if she can’t do it in good faith, then maybe it’s time she looks for another line of work. However, this is just one person’s opinion.
By: Julie McKee