Kim Davis issues stem from lawyer

Rhiannon Stroberg, Features Editor

With the Supreme Court’s passing of same-sex marriage back in June, it came as a complete shock to me when I heard that a county clerk from Kentucky, Kim Davis, was not issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. At first, my thought process questioned, “Under what authority does this woman think she has the right to deny these couples their basic right as an American to be married?”

It wasn’t until later, when I further read the story that I realized she was acting under God’s authority. After reading that I couldn’t help but laugh. So because she was acting under God’s authority, she refused to do her job? That’s ridiculous. While it is understandable why all these religious and anti-gay people are unhappy with the Supreme Court ruling, it is selfish and unfair to deny anyone their right as a citizen of the United States to get married because of their religious or personal views.

The main thing that completely bothered me regarding this situation was the ridiculous statements Mat Staver, from Davis’ legal team, was making in regards to Davis’ situation.

Firstly, Staver compared Davis’ situation to that of Jews in Nazi Germany by saying, “What happened in Nazi Germany, what happened there first, they removed the Jews from government public employment, then they stopped patronizing them in their private businesses, then they continued to stigmatize them, then they were the ‘problems,’ then they killed them.” Jews in Nazi Germany didn’t refuse to do their job because of their religious views. This is extremely offensive and I honestly see no comparison whatsoever. Is he saying that religious people are as equally oppressed as the Jews were, now that the Supreme Court ruled against their belief?

Secondly, he compared Davis’ jailing to Martin Luther King Jr.’s time in Birmingham Jail. He did so by stating, “She’s not going to resign, she’s not going to sacrifice her conscience, so she’s doing what Martin Luther King Jr. wrote about in his “Letter from the Birmingham Jail”, which is to pay the consequences for her decision.”

While she is doing what King did, paying the consequences of her decision, anyone who thinks her stance against gay marriage is even comparable to King’s stance for civil rights is an idiot. King was fighting for civil rights protections for people in the black community. Davis, on the other hand, was fighting against the newly protected civil rights for people in the gay community. King wasn’t acting on the behalf of a deity or a religion, he was acting on behalf of what he believed was morally right. What Davis sees as morally right is something she read in the Bible. Something her religion is against.

Lastly, Davis is not the modern day Rosa Parks. Once again, Staver made another ludicrous statement by saying, “This is the Rosa Parks on the bus. If they tell you to go to the back of the bus because your skin color doesn’t match what they want, don’t go to the back of the bus. This is the time for peaceful resistance, and this is the time to stand with people who are engaged in peaceful resistance.”

While it may seem understandable as to why this may make sense, the situation and circumstances differ with both Parks and Davis. Parks was just a normal African-American woman who took a stand for civil rights in the black community by refusing to give up her seat in the front of the bus to a white man. Davis, however, is a government official who, as mentioned earlier, denied people their civil rights as Americans by not giving out marriage licenses.

Parks did show peaceful resistance when she gave up her seat, while Davis, on the other hand, generated a massive uproar of hate-filled opposition from both the gay community and the gay rights supporters. Between Parks and Davis, there is absolutely no comparison. While Parks did break the law by refusing to give up her seat to a white person, she never purposely denied anyone their civil rights as an American citizen because of her religion. That alone is the main difference between Parks and Davis

Reflecting on all these ridiculous statements Slaver keeps making, it makes me think of him as the bogus lawyer Walter White had in Breaking Bad.

These statements reflect poorly on her and are showing poor representation toward Davis in general. If I were her, I’d be looking for someone else to fill his slot.

If Kim Davis is strongly against issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, perhaps she should consider getting a new job that won’t cause her to commit a federal offense.

She should also consider hiring someone who knows what they’re talking about to bump out that bonehead Mat Slaver from her legal team. That would probably be the best decision for her in regards to her situation.