Column: Contempt of Court

Supporters hold signs and flags outside federal court in Ashland, Kentucky. (Photo Credit: Sonia Moghe/CNN)

When George Corley Wallace stood before the doors of a schoolhouse and refused to integrate it years ago, defying a federal court order, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy sent in the National Guard.

Mike Huckabee may make Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk, a hero. Jesus followers may celebrate her as a hero for standing up for her beliefs. But she also swore an oath to follow the Constitution of the U.S. and this she did not do.

Davis was rightfully held in contempt of court and understandably incarcerated by a judge for violating his directives. You are not a hero if protecting your rights denies someone else theirs.

It should be clear to you that Davis has won nothing legally. The order releasing her from custody directed her not to interfere with the deputy clerks who are issuing marriage licenses. If she attempts to do so, the court has said she faces future sanctions.

Same sex couples now have a right to get married in the U.S. You or anyone else may believe otherwise. No one is inhibiting your right of dissent. But what you can’t do is inhibit someone else from acting on their beliefs.

If you do, then you are standing in the schoolhouse door. Then you are not a hero. Then you are not defending heterosexual marriage. Then you are no different than the racists and segregationists attempting to sabotage universal equality under the law.

You can believe in Jesus and still follow the law. Davis took an oath of office to follow the law, not her personal beliefs which conflict with the constitution of the U.S. She can keep those. They are hers to cherish. But the governor of the state should remove her as clerk of the courts or she should have the intellectual wherewithal to resign the job. She no longer deserves to hold it.

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