The Right loves to couch this as religious liberty, but are they really saying that anyone can be free to discriminate? Kentucky clerk's office defies order; no same-sex marriage license – Fx Report Daily.
So what if a devout Christian didn’t want to issue marriage licenses to atheists? What if a Muslim employee of the state didn’t want to serve Jews? Would bigots be free to stop serving African-Americans or Catholics? It wasn’t that long ago that allowing people to discriminate – and a lot of them couched it in religious terms – lead to a whole bunch of discrimination. Even with most of the outright stuff banned, it still happens.
So Kim Davis (the county clerk in question) stopped issuing all marriage licenses after the recent Supreme Court decision. Now she is violating a court order to start up again.
. On Wednesday, a federal judge ordered her to issue licenses to gay couples, rejecting her argument involving religious freedom and her [sic] Christina beliefs.
The summary in the article follows. (I am assuming that the quotes are from the judge’s decision.)
Davis doesn’t have to wish the couples a happy life or say congratulations. Because Davis’ job is simply to confirm that a couple has met the legal requirements to marry, “it is not a sign of moral or religious approval”, nor is Kentucky requiring her to “express a particular religious belief as a condition of public employment” or “forcing her to surrender her free exercise rights in order to perform her duties”.