There has been a lot of chit-chat about this county clerk in Kentucky who refused to issue marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects everyone’s (including gay folks’) right to marry.

Her opposition is supposedly based upon her religious convictions. This, in spite of the fact that she is thrice divorced with children born out of wedlock and will issue marriage licenses to other people whose life choices are pretty clearly prohibited by the Bible. If you divorce, you cannot remarry; Matthew 5:32. Case closed.

There have been thousands of words spoken and written about this woman and her stance. Here is the short version of what is going on.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects your right to worship as you see fit. It also prohibits the government (both state and federal) from aiding or hindering any religion. What the government cannot do, neither can any of its agents. No one elected, appointed or simply employed by the government can run a government agency according to their own religious views if those views conflict with the law of the land. The recent Supreme Court decision protecting gay marriage is the law of the land.

There has been a lot of talk about making some “accommodation.” Kim Davis was offered a very fair and simple one — go back to work and let someone else in your office sign the marriage licenses. This was apparently not good enough. Davis wants the state of Kentucky to change at least three state laws: first, the one that requires county clerks to issue marriage licenses; second, the law that requires a clerk’s “approval” to validate a marriage license; third, the statute that states that all clerks’ offices must use the same license form.

This is not an accommodation. It is a surrender of the law that governs us all to the cherry-picked, hypocritical and cafeteria-style parody of Christianity that Davis and those like her choose (yes, choose) to follow.

I say, back to jail with her. And this time, throw away the key.

Michael Hale

IT consultant

Baton Rouge