Former Governor Mike Huckabee made the case for civil disobedience in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on discriminatory marriage laws. His strongest argument included dissent following the Dred Scott Decision of 1857, which only inflamed passions on both sides of the debate and hastened the beginning of the Civil War.
What Mike and others who make this argument never seem to recognize, is those laws exclude the minority from enjoying the same rights and responsibilities as the majority. George Stephanopoulos could never get Mike to admit that Loving v. Virginia and Obergefell v. Hodges both sought the exact same remedy from the court; don’t allow the state(s) to dictate who I am free to love.
The Huckster said “… a county clerk in Kentucky who, acting on her Christian faith, is criminalized, jailed without bail, because (she) acted on her conscience and according to the only law that is in front of her.” Nope — not even close.
In reality, “the only law that is in front of her” was deemed unconstitutional back in June — and since federal law supersedes state law, your statement is factually incorrect, Mike. It simply doesn’t matter if 75% of the 64% of registered voters who showed up agreed with the state ban on same sex marriage. Any law that discriminates against any specified group — is unlawful.
Kim Davis should continue to be held until she agrees to allow her staff to do the job she finds morally repugnant. That’s really all the judge asked — just step aside and allow anyone who shows up to be treated equally. She’s held without bail, governor, because incarceration for contempt is meant to be coercive. There’s enough big money floating around this case that any financial penalty would be immaterial.
The Supreme Court did not “redefine” marriage, you Bible-thumping huckleberry — it reaffirmed that in the United States of America, we keep perfecting our union and want to live up to the ideal that “all men are created equal.” Those who love other men, too.