Some have hailed her as a hero, others have dismissed her as a fringe religious nutter. Kim Davis and her refusal to issue marriage licenses have recently made international headlines over her protest of a recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in all fifty states. Rand Paul, in his typical fashion has sought to find middle ground between the law of the land and the religious and personal beliefs held by him and many others.
While Kim Davis refuses to allow her office to issue any marriage license, Kentucky should have never allowed the situation to happen, and should instead look to North Carolina as an example of a religious freedom law that would protect a government agent or employee from violating their religious beliefs while also allowing someone else to issue the license to an applicant. This protects both the religious sensibilities of an individual and the right to equal access under the law for people seeking gay marriage.
Despite its universal legalization, there is still much opposition to gay marriage, which likely will fade in time. However, it is important to respect the rights of all parties involved, both the deeply religious of any faith who may object to being called upon to authorize something they find wrong, and individual citizens who rightfully expect to be treated equally under the law. It is possible to find middle ground, which is Paul’s favorite way. While many are calling for absolutes on either side of the issue, Paul has called for unifying middle of the road ideas that make more people happy than an all or nothing approach.
Kim Davis has reopened the national dialogue on gay marriage and the rights of individuals and it is important that we as a nation profit from this debate and seek to improve how we see and respect conflicting rights and ideas. As is often the case, the best solution is drawn from the examples of the Founding Fathers, which Rand Paul follows. Find a middle ground, compromise here and there, it’s better to bring people together rather than divide them. Davis has once again divided this nation, but Rand Paul is trying to bring us back together again. What do you think? Is Kim Davis right? Is it possible to compromise as Paul seeks? Or perhaps marriage should have no government intervention whatsoever? Tell us on Facebook and Twitter.
Written by Steve Coffman; Edited by staff
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