Profiles in courage it's not.
Casey County Clerk Casey Davis, who says his religious beliefs prevent him from carrying out his obligation to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, wants Gov. Steve Beshear to solve his dilemma by creating an online site for marriage licenses.
Under that scenario the winner is Davis, who would keep his job while being relieved of one of its duties.
The losers include the taxpayers, who would pay to create and maintain this new site and the voters of Casey County, who elected Davis, not to mention the rule of law and, of course, those citizens denied the right, guaranteed by the United States Supreme Court, to obtain a marriage license.
Davis' justification is his rather muddled interpretation of the oath of office he took, which requires him to "faithfully execute," the job, "according to law." After a riff about not engaging in duels, the pledge ends with "so help me God." Davis seems to believe this was a promise to God to uphold the laws that conform with Davis' religious beliefs.
Gov. Steve Beshear, who took the same pledge for his office, sees it differently. "I took the same oath they did, and that oath is to uphold that constitutional ruling, regardless as to what you feel about it,"
If his feelings or beliefs don't allow him to honor that oath, the more courageous and appropriate stand for Davis is to resign. The only price he would pay would be the loss of a job. As Davis himself has noted, many have paid much more.