Kim Davis was sent to jail, ostensibly for violating the rule of law. This while overt lawbreakers from groups like Black Lives Matter, Planned Parenthood, and — ahem — the State Department go unscathed.
Actor and gay activist George Takei took to his Facebook page to offer comment on Davis’ release:
Well this is a bit of a circus. So let us be clear: This woman is no hero to be celebrated. She broke her oath to uphold the Constitution and defied a court order so she could deny government services to couples who are legally entitled to be married. She is entitled to hold her religious beliefs, but not to impose those beliefs on others. If she had denied marriage certificates to an interracial couple, would people cheer her? Would presidential candidates flock to her side? In our society, we obey civil laws, not religious ones. To suggest otherwise is, simply put, entirely un-American.
Legal arguments aside, there remains a high degree of irony in supporters of recent Supreme Court decisions balking at an imposition of belief. Indeed, the Supreme Court — five individuals — has imposed its view on states whose residents have established laws under which its residents wish to live. Those laws are crafted and enforced by duly elected officials like Kim Davis.