Sometimes the system works the way it was designed to. I am referring to our system of checks and balances in the ridiculous mess caused by Rowan County, KY Court clerk Kim Davis. This sad, misguided individual has been in the news for the last few months for, to put it mildly, NOT DOING HER GODDAMNED JOB! There, I said it. This woman has loudly proclaimed that her faith in some god or another entitles HER to ignore the laws that she is sworn to uphold based on her position as an elected official in the first place! I am sure that in order to satisfy the citizens of Rowan County, KY that she placed her hand on a Bible and swore to do just that. I conveniently ignore the fact that our Constitution states quite clearly that there shall be no religious test required to hold public office:
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
At any rate, since this woman took an oath to uphold the law, she should do so. However, Kim Davis decided that SHE knew better than everyone else and that SHE could interpret the law as she saw fit. Unfortunately, this is NOT in her job description.
The county clerk issues marriage licenses (KRS 402.080) and files and records all marriage certificates (KRS 402.220 and 402.230). Military discharges may also be recorded in the county clerk’s office (KRS 422.090). On or before the 10th day of each month, the county clerk reports to the state registrar of vital statistics all marriage licenses issued and all marriage certificates returned (KRS 213.116). Each county clerk must furnish each applicant for a marriage license with a copy of a marriage manual to be prepared and printed by the Human Resources Coordinating Commission of Kentucky (KRS 402.270).
This action by Kim Davis places her in direct conflict with her duties. At that point she should have done the honorable thing and resigned. Instead, she chose to make a public spectacle of herself and has exhausted all legal options. Interesting that she wanted protection from the legal system that she refused to acknowledge.
Next, there is the issue of nepotism involving Kim Davis. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Kim Davis worked in the county court clerks office for 27 years while her Mother was the Court Clerk. Kim Davis was elected when her mother retired, or chose not to seek re-election, I am not sure which of those is the case, but it does not affect the charge of nepotism. Added to this is the fact that Kim Davis’ SON now works in the same office.
When one considers that Kim Davis now makes $80,000 per year as the Court Clerk, plus whatever she made while working for her MOTHER in a county where the average income is around $35,000 per year and it looks like Kim Davis has a pretty sweet setup going for herself and her family.
Kim Davis is an example of what is ugly about some Americans. She places herself ABOVE THE LAW and expects everyone to appreciate her. I hate to break it to her, but she is WRONG. In fact, the US Supreme Court has told her to go away and will NOT hear her request for a stay of a lower court ruling that requires her to DO HER JOB!
Kim Davis has a Constitutionally protected right to her beliefs, however misguided they might be. Kim Davis does NOT have a Constitutionally-protected right to be the Court Clerk for Rowan County, KY.
I hope that the Commonwealth of Kentucky will force her to leave office as a result of her contempt of court. Contempt of court is something that I am sure Kim Davis is familiar with, having spent most of her life in the Rowan County courthouse. I am certain that she felt no regret in sending those citations to other people. Now it is time for Kim Davis to face the music.
Kim Davis will have cost the citizens of Rowan County and the COmmonwealth of Kentucky millions of dollars by her ridiculous position. I hope that she is ordered to pay some type of restitution to partially compensate for those fees.
Of course, there will be those who will defend Kim Davis out of some misguided loyalty to some god or other. That is their right, but the country moves FORWARD, and those who choose to live in the past will be left behind.