Kim Davis has made an impact in the ongoing debate on same-sex marriage and her staunch support of her religious beliefs has landed her in jail. According to a book in the bible that could be just the place for her.
Davis, a 49-year-old county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky decided after the much discussed U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the nation, she couldn’t support the ruling and issue licenses to same-sex couples. Despite being ordered to by courts, Davis held firm to her beliefs and refused to issue the licenses.
Earlier this week, that all came to a head when a judge offered her a way out of her predicament. When he refused he jailed Davis on a contempt of court charge. He said no one has the right to chose which laws they will or will not obey. The bible seems to support this.
According to Romans Chapter 13 in the New King James Version of the Christian bible, Christians are required to submit to the government of man.
“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.”
It would appear, at least in this case, the laws of man and the laws of God are saying the same thing.
There is also a social media movement, and a movement of presidential candidates calling the judge’s ruling tyrannical and saying that Davis is being persecuted as a Christian.
Dictionary.com has the following definition for persecution:
“A program or campaign to exterminate, drive away, or subjugate people based on their membership in a religious, ethnic, social, or racial group.”
At no point in the judge’s ruling did he mention Davis was being held for her religious beliefs. In fact, he declared his own christianity when discussing the oaths he and Davis took when they assumed their offices.
He also said he was declaring her in contempt of court because she told him she was not going to follow his orders or the ruling of the United States Supreme Court. This is a violation of law and has nothing to do with her Christianity. It could also apply to a Jewish or Muslim clerk taking the same stance.
The Freedictionary.com defines contempt of court as, “a failure to follow a court order that benefits someone else.”
The court ordered her to issue the same-sex marriage licenses that would benefit gay couples who wanted to get married. Davis said she wouldn’t so she went to jail for contempt of court.
Written by Russel Langley