KY Governor: Do Your Job or Lose Your Job

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is handling the refusal of some county clerks to refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples the way it should be handled, by telling them that they have two choices: They can do their job or they can lose their job.

After meeting with the Casey Co. Clerk Thursday, Governor Beshear issued the following statement:

This morning, I advised Mr. Davis that I respect his right to his own personal beliefs regarding same-sex marriages. However, when he was elected, he took a constitutional oath to uphold the United States Constitution. According to the United States Supreme Court, the Constitution now requires that governmental officials in Kentucky and elsewhere must recognize same-sex marriages as valid and allow them to take place. One of Mr. Davis’ duties as county court clerk is to issue marriage licenses, and the Supreme Court now says that the United States Constitution requires those marriage licenses to be issued regardless of gender. Mr. Davis’ own county attorney has advised him that his oath requires him to do so.

While there are two or three county court clerks still refusing to perform their duties, the rest of the county court clerks are complying with the law regardless of their personal beliefs. The courts and the voters will deal appropriately with the rest.

I will not be calling any special session on this topic and costing the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars doing so. Any proposal about the process of issuing marriage licenses that meets the standards of the Supreme Court ruling should be carefully thought out and could be considered in the regular session in 2016.

BOOM. Exactly right. More governors should be doing this. The reason Beshear is doing it and others are not is that he doesn’t have to kowtow to the Christian right.

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  • Al Dente

    What these “public servants” fail to understand is their job is to serve the public, not to discriminate against some people because of bigotry.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Looks to me like nobody is in any hurry to give the grandstanding bigots [1] any opportunities to play the martyr schtick. “Do it or lose it” would also work pretty well for a judge finding the clerk in contempt: attach the (elected) clerk’s pay and any FundMe proceeds to hire someone else to do his job while he’s locked out due to nonfeasance.

    [1] If you want the band name, I’m taking bids.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    … Beshear … doesn’t have to kowtow to the Christian right.

    Then why did he kiss Ken Ham’s butt for so many years?

  • colnago80

    Re Pierce R. Butler @ #3

    Then why did he kiss Ken Ham’s butt for so many years?

    He was under the delusion that Ham’s theme park would bring in big bucks to Kentucky’s economy.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    However, when he was elected, he took a constitutional oath to uphold the United States Constitution.

    SHOW ME IN THIS SOCALLED “OATH” WERE IT MENTIONS HOMOS!!!

     

    Al Dente “What these “public servants” fail to understand is their job is to serve the public, not to discriminate against some people because of bigotry.”

    ITS NOT BIGOTRY!!! ITS DEEPLY HELD RELIGIOUS BELIEFS HANDED DOWN TO MAN FROM GOD HIMSELF!!! ITS GODS BIGOTRY!!!

  • dingojack

    The first name of the Casey County Clerk isn’t ‘Jefferson’ by any chance?

    Dingo

  • whheydt

    In the article I read on this yesterday, Davis was wailing that he “can’t” quit because he has a mortgage to pay. Perhaps he should have thought of that first. Or he could reflect on the Biblical admonition about how hard is is to serve two “masters”.

  • Childermass

    Good.

    Is there anyone here who would be in serious trouble at work if we refused a customer/client/student/whatever based on our personal (non-professional) beliefs.

  • dingojack

    Alternate headline:

    KY Keeps Wheels of Government Moving.

    (Sorry, my inner twelve year old escaped for a moment…)

    :) Dingo

  • D. C. Sessions

    KY Keeps Wheels of Government Moving.

    … and citizens get the shaft.

  • dingojack

    They’re always bending over backward to try and shove down their throats while stiffing them…

    😉 Dingo

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    @whheydt

    That one stood out to me, too. “I can’t quit.” It’s likely that he’s just bone stupid, but he may be trying to set himself up as the next martyr on the rubber Christian circuit. “Those evil libruls and gays forced me out of my job!”

  • John Pieret

    Pierce R. Butler:

    Then why did he kiss Ken Ham’s butt for so many years?

    He stopped because he is now term-limited and can’t run again? He is refusing Ham the sales-tax exemption now (after it was revealed that Ham was going to insist all employees of the Ark Joke had to be YECs).

  • Trebuchet

    The linked story from WHAS11 (why, oh, why, do local TV stations ALWAYS have such terrible websites?) is pretty confusing. It first refers to Rowan County clerk Kim Davis (female) then somehow shifts to the Casey County clerk and refers to “Mr. Davis”. I’m not sure is who. But Kim Davis, who is defending the sanctity of marriage, has apparently been married four times.

    I’d add a link, but just inadvertently close the appropriate Snopes tab and am too lazy and tired to find it again.

  • dingojack

    Trebuchet — Try here.

    (Two minutes of googling and voila! See – that wasn’t too hard, was it)

    Dingo

  • Trebuchet

    Did you miss the “tired and lazy” part Dingo? It wouldn’t have taken me thirty seconds, let alone two minutes or use of Google.

    I still don’t know which Davis the gov was referring to.