George Takei Calls Kim Davis ‘Un-American,’ Celebration Of Her Release ‘A Circus’
George Takei, upon witnessing Kim Davis‘ victorious exit from jail earlier this week, called the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriages to same-sex couples “un-American.”
George Takei On Kim Davis
Takei took to Facebook Tuesday to share his thoughts on the celebration that ensued when Davis was released from jail after being held in contempt of court. Flanked by her husband and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, Davis wept tears of joy and raised her arms in the air as Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” played in the background.
Of the spectacle outside the Kentucky jail, Takei simply stated, “Well this is a bit of a circus.”
Takei went on to unpack the entire ordeal regarding Davis and her refusal to uphold the Constitution while serving as a county clerk. The Star Trek actor, giving something of a civics lesson, explained that she broke the law – and should not be hailed a hero for it.
“This woman is no hero to be celebrated,” Takei wrote. “She broke her oath to uphold the Constitution and defied a court order so she could deny government services to 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?” Takei added. “In our society, we obey civil laws, not religious ones. To suggest otherwise is, simply put, entirely un-American.”
Judge David L. Bunning, believing that the Rowan County Clerk’s Office has heeded his call to issue marriage licenses to heterosexual and homosexual couples alike in compliance with the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, ordered Davis’ release. Now that she has been released, Davis is not to interfere with the deputy clerks’ issuance of marriage licenses to any couple that is legally permitted to marry.
“Defendant Davis shall be released from the custody of the U.S. Marshal forthwith. Defendant 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,” reads Bunning’s decision. “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.”
The American Civil Liberties Union, which had sued Davis for her failure to issue marriage licenses to a number of gay couples, expressed satisfaction with the end result of the lawsuit.
“The goal was to get Ms. Davis to issue licenses, and to stop imposing her religious beliefs on the citizens she was elected to serve. That goal has been achieved, for now,” attorney Dan J. Canon told The Washington Post in an e-mail. “We are hopeful that Ms. Davis will comply with the Court’s orders and let her deputies continue to do their jobs.”
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