The saga continues

Sarah Lentz for The Wayne Stater, Opinion Editor

I just don’t understand this whole Kim Davis saga.

If for some reason you don’t know who I’m talking about, Kim Davis is the Kentucky courthouse clerk who refused to authorize same-sex marriage licenses because she said it went against her Christian beliefs. This summer, the Supreme Court ruled that denying any citizen the right to marry is unconstitutional.

Davis’ refusal earned her both massive amounts of support and criticism. It also landed her in jail for five days.

After her release, Davis went back to work, but told her deputies they were to remove her name from all marriage licenses. That puts those legal documents in a position to be ruled invalid because the county clerk’s signature must be on them to be binding.

Now we get to what I don’t understand.

If you refuse to do your job, you should be fired, bottom line.

While she was in jail for breaking federal law, Davis supporters camped out in front of the courthouse in a show of solidarity (in my mind, misguided).

The thing that blows my mind is that Davis is an officer of the court and as such, is required to follow the law, whether she agrees with it or not.

Do I agree with people being sent to jail because of their religious beliefs? No, but let’s be crystal clear, Kim Davis was jailed for breaking the law, not for being a Christian.

As an officer of the court she should also be aware of the Establishment Clause because separation of church and state was one of the most valued protections put into our constitution by the founding fathers.

The Davis saga has taken on a life of its own and it never should have been allowed to. If you can’t or won’t do your job, it’s time to find another one.

Keeping Davis in a job that she obviously doesn’t respect makes her a martyr for those who support discrimination and aim to push their own religious beliefs of the masses.