Victory for Davis loss for victims of discrimination


Kim Davis, center, and husband Joe Davis are greeted by relatives, including Kim’s mother Jean Bailey, left, outside the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, Ky., on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. (Pablo Alcala/Lexington Herald-Leader/TNS)

By the Editorial Board

Kim Davis is not a hero of the Christian faith, and yet thousands of “God-fearing” Bible-Belters will rejoice at the news that the lawsuits against the homophobic woman were dropped. 

This woman broke the law in refusing to sign marriage licenses. If her arbitrary beliefs prohibit her from performing her job, then she should not be a county clerk who is required to serve people, regardless of their race, gender or sexual orientation.

The judge who dismissed the cases said that since the names and signatures of clerks would no longer be on the forms, there was no reason to pursue the cases any further. 

But there is a big reason. 

The victory that was the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize marriage equality has been tainted because judges are settling for “good enough” instead of justice. 

Justice is convicting this woman for her discriminatory behavior regardless of whether these couples, and other people who would have been discriminated against, are able to get married in the state. 

Unless judges take a firm stance to enforce these laws, people will continue to push back against the policies they don’t like, and the Supreme Court decision will be a joke. Every time someone violates it, the state will try to appease the victims with a nice offer, all the while serving the homophobic agenda by saving the next icon of resistance to political correctness and liberal ideals. 

We cannot be a country that continues to appease bigots, regardless of how many of them are in our states. 

Davis became an icon for Republican candidates in presidential and even local governmental races. People are rallying behind her, and in choosing to fight for this cause she deserves to be pursued in court. 

She has no remorse for her crimes, and that passion is inspiring the next generation of intolerance in the United States. A victory for her is a reason for her kind to proliferate. 

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While a conviction against one woman may seem small, it would be a sign that the U.S. does not tolerate violations of federal laws. 

Who cares if she couldn’t violate the law in the same way she did before? Will that prevent her from finding another way to discriminate against these people? 

The role of the justice system is to interpret the law and pass judgment on its perpetrators, not appease the masses in what seems to some like a fair trade.