“Star Trek” actor and Internet darling George Takei has some choice words for Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and her followers — and needless to say, they aren't kind words.
To recap: Davis was jailed last week after a Kentucky judge found her guilty of contempt for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Because Davis, who is an elected official, cannot be removed from office until the end of her official term, Judge David L. Bunning ordered she be held until willing to comply with the state law.
Yesterday, however, Davis was released from jail and reinstated as County Clerk under the condition that she follow the law. The provisions of her release, as ordered by Judge Bunning, are as follows:
“[Davis] shall not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples. If Defendant Davis should interfere in any way with their issuance, that will be considered a violation of this order and appropriate sanctions will be considered.”
Despite the fact that Davis's tirade against same-sex couples angered and people across the country, many gathered to celebrate her release. The rally, attended by those in support of Davis' views (including Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee) was described by Takei as a “circus.”
In a lengthy Facebook post, the actor and activist wrote,
“Well this is a bit of a circus. So let us be clear: This woman is no hero to be celebrated. She broke her oath to uphold the Constitution and defied a court order so she could deny government services to same-sex couples who are legally entitled to be married. She is entitled to hold her religious beliefs, but not to impose those beliefs on others. If she had denied marriage certificates to an interracial couple, would people cheer her? Would presidential candidates flock to her side? In our society, we obey civil laws, not religious ones. To suggest otherwise is, simply put, entirely un-American.”
Mr. Takei, we couldn't have said it better (or more politely) ourselves.
See the post here.