Clerk Declares Theocracy In Kentucky
Kim Davis, the Clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, is making news today. She is waging a personal crusade against marriage, and revolting against the American system of democratic government under the Constitution to do so.
Davis doesn’t approve of some people’s marriages, and so she is refusing to issue them marriage licenses. Specifically, Davis doesn’t want same-sex couples to get married, although such marriages are now legal in Kentucky, as they are across the United States.
Davis claims that it isn’t just her opinion that makes these marriages invalid. She says that, in denying marriage licenses to gays and lesbians, she is operating under “God’s authority”.
What Davis doesn’t understand is that gods don’t have any authority over marriage law in the United States. We don’t allow divine beings to enter into communication with county clerks to create local laws forbidding interracial marriages, or marriages between first cousins, or marriages between people who are on a romantic rebound, or marriages between people that the gods just don’t like the looks of.
In the United States, marriage is a legal status that, under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, is supposed to be granted equally to all people.
Kim Davis doesn’t give much account to the Constitution, though. She’s declared that Rowan County, Kentucky will now live under a Christian theocracy, in which government officials will interpret supernatural signals from the divinities of their choice, leading them to ignore the law whenever they want to.
Want to rob the bank in Rowan County, Kentucky? Declare that you have “God’s authority” to take everyone’s money. Want to drive drunk? Do it under “God’s authority”, and maybe they’ll let you off the hook.
What’s next? Shooting people under “God’s authority”? Why the heck not? Once you allow invisible beings to uproot the law according to religious inspiration, all order goes right out the window.