Kim Davis, the woman who refused to issue marriage certificates to gay couples, was released from jail on Tuesday to a crowd of supporters who welcomed her like the second coming of Christ. An Apostolic Christian from Kentucky, Davis said she denied couples their constitutional right to be married on religious grounds.
She was released from jail under the condition that she ‘shall not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples’.
And who better to respond to the entire situation than George Takei, our beloved Trekkie who also happens to be gay.
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…
After his first response, he came back a few hours later to school us on the First Amendment, too:
The First Amendment has two clauses that are relevant here. One is the Establishment Clause, and the other is the Prohibition Clause. Congress may not prohibit free worship, and that is what so many claim, wrongly, is being violated. But it is also not empowered to establish any religion, nor to enact any laws favoring one religion over the other. Permitting a state employee to foist her religion upon others, denying them a fundamental right as articulated by the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell, would be to give government, through this agent, the power to impose religious doctrine and viewpoint. That it cannot do. Ms. Davis is in effect establishing religion by using her governmental powers to impose her religious views. I know the First Amendment, Shawn. Do you?
Mr. Takei, you’re our hero!