Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay (and straight) couples since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, has received support from an unlikely source: Christopher G. Ciccone, Madonna’s openly gay brother.
“The county clerk in Kentucy [sic] deserves about as much support as you would give her if she were a muslim women who insisted on covering her face and refused not only gay marriages licenses, but divorce, accusations of rape and driving a car without ur mans [sic] approval,” Ciccone wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday.
Davis, an apostolic Christian, believes that “to issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage” with her name on it would violate her conscience.
She also said she has “no animosity toward anyone” and harbors “no ill will.” Rather, her decision has always been about God’s word. Religious liberty is supposed to be protected under the First Amendment, as well as Kentucky’s Constitution and the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, she argued.
And Ciccone seems to understand as much.
“Selective shaming and bullying corrupts a democracy,” he wrote, “freedom of press, speech and religion give it strength.”
While he acknowledged that Davis is a civil servant and thus required to abide by federal law, he questioned why she should when federal law is so flagrantly disregarded by administration officials, citing marijuana as an example.
He also took a shot at the gay community as a whole for being “sore winners” in the wake of the Supreme Court decision.
“Once again, the gay community feels the need to be sore winners. Is it so difficult to allow this woman her religion? … or must we destroy her in order for here [sic] to betray her faith. No matter how we judge its truth. The rights we have all fought for, mean nothing, if we deny her hers.”
Amen to that. How refreshing to see such respect and common sense coming from someone among Hollywood circles.