Kim Davis made national headlines today when she was jailed for contempt of court for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. She defends her actions by citing her first amendment right to religious freedom.
Some have publicly applauded Davis, including Republican presidential candidates Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee. Says Huckabee, “The Supreme Court is not the Supreme branch and it’s certainly not the Supreme Being.”
But Fiorina, another Republican presidential candidate, thinks differently. “First, I think that we must protect religious liberties with great passion and be willing to expend a lot of political capital to do so now because it’s clear religious liberty is under assault in many, many ways. Having said that, when you are a government employee, I think you take on a different role. When you are a government employee as opposed to say, an employee of another kind of organization, then in essence, you are agreeing to act as an arm of the government. And, while I disagree with this court’s decision, their actions are clear.”
It may not help that this is an issue that a lot of us feel very strongly about, but what do you think? Was it right for Davis to be charged with contempt of court? Is her behavior in any way defensible? How far do your first amendment rights go? Do you think others will be influenced or encouraged by Davis's behavior?