Kentucky: Right-wingers press on with anti-LGBT battle

Marriage equality extends beyond the ceremony: it means same-sex couples must be treated equally in all public businesses and institutions, too. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

By Dianne Skoll
LGBT Perspectives columnist

OTTAWA — A Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples inadvertently issued a license to a couple, one of whom was a transgender man and the other a cisgender woman, in February, the Huffington Post reports.

This is interesting because most fundamentalist Christians do not recognize transgender individuals as the gender they claim, so in the clerk’s eyes now, she married a lesbian couple.

On Friday the clerk, Kim Davis, filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court to stay a lower court ruling that essentially forces her to issue same-sex marriage licenses, the Huffington Post reports. She claims that if her religious objection cannot be accommodated, then “elected officials have no real religious freedom when they take public office.”

This is, of course, completely absurd. Religious Jews, for example (among others), generally do not approve of intermarriage, but no religious county clerk would dream of denying a mixed-religion couple a marriage license. Claiming religious objection is not a free pass to ignore the law or to deny others their civil rights. In fact, this is all sadly familiar to me — in apartheid-era South Africa, the Dutch Reformed Church used religion to justify apartheid.

If you cannot perform a job because of religious convictions that unreasonably infringe on others, then it’s time to get another job. We all know that Davis will lose her case, but we all know that the religious Right are sore losers and they will use every underhanded technique in the book to deny LGBT people civil rights.

(Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

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