Put an end to the denial of rights
Since the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of marriage equality and federal Judge David Bunning rightly upheld this constitutional decision, allowing Kim Davis to remain in her county clerk position in Rowan County and to deny any citizen their civil liberties is ludicrous.
The federal appeals court has upheld an order telling her to end her protest. Continuing to deny citizens their legal rights, even for a day, should not be tolerated in this state.
I've already requested the impeachment of Davis but I would like Gov. Steve Beshear to also appoint an interim clerk by executive order.
Do not let one person's actions further tarnish the Bluegrass State in the eyes of the world.
Martin E. Moore
Bad court decision
This is to express appreciation for Mat Staver's and Richard Nelson's Aug. 24 columns. It was refreshing to read thoughtful, reasoned responses concerning the personal stand of conscience being taken by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis.
The fact is, many Kentuckians are still trying to process the recent Supreme Court decision that redefined marriage by gender for the first time in the history of Western civilization.
We would do well to remember that the Supreme Court can get it very wrong. The 5-4 vote will result in the imposition of a totally new understanding of marriage.
Fortunately, most of us have not had to wrestle with issues of conscience and religious freedom. We simply celebrated those rights and freedoms.
Staver is right that the Davis case "is solely about whether a particular person can be forced against her sincere religious beliefs to issue the [marriage] license."
Chief Justice John Roberts had it right in his dissent, writing "for the good of children and society, sexual relations that can lead to procreation should occur only between a man and a woman committed to a lasting bond." That has been the understanding about marriage for millennia.
For the good of the country, the decision must be reversed.
James V. Heidinger II
The column by Liberty Counsel head Mat Staver asserts that the Herald-Leader criticism of a county clerk for not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples is the same as forcing a Jewish chef to prepare a pork dish.
Our Constitution protects the chef's free exercise of religion in one's own kitchen and in personal life, but if the chef is in the employ of another, and is instructed to prepare pork at the facility, then get cookin.'
Keeping kosher is a personal choice and should never be imposed upon others, just like the personal religious beliefs of the Rowan County clerk.
Staver's analogy was not appropriate to support his opinion.
H. Brian Hershinow
Not about her beliefs
In his Aug. 24 opinion piece, Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, says Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis "is merely asking for her religious convictions to be accommodated" rather than simply refusing to do her job.
The relevant federal regulation (29 CFR 1605.2) says an employer must "reasonably accommodate the religious practices of an employee ... unless the employer demonstrates that accommodation would result in undue hardship on the conduct of its business."
Staver appears to have stopped reading at the ellipsis.
The two Aug. 24 columns by Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel and Richard Nelson of Commonwealth Policy Center are glaring examples of the discouraging low level of civic competency demonstrated by many Americans and especially Kentuckians.
The county clerks who are refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples are clearly using their official government positions to promote particular religious beliefs. This is a clear violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The fact that polls show so many in Kentucky approve of this violation shows that they lack an understanding of our form of government. It is important to recognize that our Constitution is free from both religion and any kind of god.
God of Rowan
What would Jesus do? Based on the teachings ascribed to him in the gospels, not what Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has done — on numerous occasions.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus asks those who claim to be his followers, "Why do you see the speck in your neighbor's eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?" Consider the "log" in Davis' eye.
In Jesus' teaching about divorce, he says, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery."
Kentucky marriage licenses require both parties to report all previous marriages. During her tenure as clerk, has Davis routinely refused to issue marriage licenses to people who have been divorced? If not, then she has knowingly sanctioned what Jesus clearly condemned.
Yet she claims to abide by "God's holy word." Perhaps Davis should open her Bible and look more closely at what Jesus had to say about hypocrisy.
According to Jesus, God "makes his sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous."
Too bad God's not in charge of issuing marriage licenses in Rowan County.
Marry outside Rowan
OK, so love wins.
People in Kentucky have won the right to be married to a member of the same sex.
What is happening to Kim Davis in Rowan County has nothing to do with gay marriage rights anymore. Gays can get married in Kentucky.
It has to do with forcing a person to do something she morally feels she cannot do. This was not a part of her job description when she ran for office. Telling her to resign from her job because she does not agree with others' rights is the worst type of bullying.
Many drive to Lexington to shop. So, they can drive to Lexington to get married.
Where's the integrity?
I find it odd that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is still occupying her $80,000 a year position.
She claims to be a Christian and to have such integrity that she can't fulfill the requirements of her job, funded by taxpayers. She would show real integrity and Christian values by resigning. How does a person of integrity accept a fat paycheck while refusing to do the job taxpayers elected her to do?
Let someone who will actually perform the duties of the clerk's position — preferably someone who is now earning minimum wage and knows the value of working hard for a paycheck to replace her.
If she won't resign, maybe the citizens of Rowan County should stop paying their taxes until they get a clerk who will serve their interests as well as her own.
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis sits at home and collects her $80,000 a year salary. She was elected to serve the public but instead hides like a scared child.
She acts like the 12-year-old who promises to care for the puppy she wants, leaving the adults to clean up the mess. Such antics by an elected clerk should be grounds for impeachment. Davis seems cowardly and childish. If not, she should show up for work instead of hiding from the public and do her job that pays her outrageous salary.
Norman E. Goldie Jr.
Oust this Davis
It appears the political folks and others have their focus on the wrong Davis. They want to throw Jeff Davis out of the Capitol for some vague transgression over 150 years ago.
The Davis that needs attention is Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who took an oath to do a job and was familiar with all the job's functions and duties but now won't issue marriage licenses. This is a public service office with specific services that can only be performed there.
The solution is to remove her from office and let her be free to run her own office or church and run it the way she wants to do. It's really simple: She should get the people's priorities in order and do her duty.
May the best Davis win.