It's understandable why the national media is having such an easy time misrepresenting the residents of this small town. Since there seems to be much confusion, I would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight:
Kim Davis has every right to believe as she does. That's America; people of all colors, creeds and sexual orientations being able to express their different beliefs through the freedom of speech. But what she does not have the right to do is impede on the rights of any other American based on her personal convictions.
I practice my religion to the fullest within the protections of the freedoms of our country. But, where I differ with those who would deprive gay Americans of their personal and religious freedom - including the right of marriage - is that my belief or practice does not impinge on the rights of others.
Governor John Kasich (R - OH) worries that the Kentucky spectacle of Christian extremism will turn people away from religion. He is right to worry. I am disgusted by the un-American, hypocritical, mean-spirited rallies and shows of support for Kim Davis.
Kentucky rightly lays claim as the heart of bourbon country. More bourbon distilleries are located here than anywhere else in the country. But which bottles to buy? And why?
This is not Kim Davis's situation. The state has not put her to a choice: Obey God's law or man's. If she truly believes that she cannot reconcile her responsibilities as an elected official with her interpretation of the Bible, then she is duty-bound to resign from office.
Presidential aspirant Bobby Jindal has come out in support of homophobic Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis, but his support for her contradicts his own language from just a few years ago.
Davis and her supporters, whether out of ignorance or willfulness, have completely distorted the Constitution. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and, in our system of government, the Supreme Court has the final say as to what the Constitution means.
Kim Davis may be deluded, shrewd or both. Whatever her motives, the thrice-divorced upholder of godly marriage is small beer. The real trouble is brewing in the Republican presidential field.
At the beginning of the 1900s, grim predictions punctuated the debate over women's suffrage. Everyone in the family unit would be damaged in innumerable ways if this outrage were allowed to happen, argued the critics, some of whom went so far as to predict the end of civilization itself.
I'm sure those who have suffered discrimination for being gay might understandably have little sympathy for seeing Kim Davis head off to prison for not fulfilling her oath of office. But is that any way to celebrate a victory?
It doesn't matter what scripture says. It doesn't matter what the Q'uran says. It doesn't matter what the Sutras, the Vedas, the Talmud, the Midrash, or the Institutes of Calvin say. Because the US Constitution makes it clear that the Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.
The heart of Davis's case isn't actually about gay marriage or religious freedom. This debate is about civil versus natural law, and it's a debate that we have engaged in throughout history.
Do you know that the Kentucky county clerk refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-gender couples has been married four times and allegedly gave birth to twins fathered by another man five months after her first divorce? At best, this is irony, at worst, hypocrisy.
The 2014 midterm election results may have been a complete farce. All it takes is one insider who knows how to flip a switch and the outcome changes. When it comes to voting, should we trust our votes to a computer that doesn't even spit out a receipt for confirmation? Do you trust your voting machine manufacturer?
We cannot be held hostage to the theatrics of religious extremists, nor should we allow them to think that supposedly bad "optics" will deter us in demanding our rights.