Thursday, July 9, 2015

So It is Ordered: A Letter to Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis on Marriage Equality, By Alec Frazier and Autistic Reality

Dear Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis,

I understand that you have very strong religious beliefs that you feel preclude you from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. I myself have some very strong beliefs about various issues. However, that is not up for discussion, because my beliefs do not matter when it comes to licensing same-sex marriages. And, as much is you may disagree, your beliefs do not matter either.

The Supreme Court of the land has ordered that all public officials recognize same-sex marriage. This means that anybody who does not is violating federal law and is subject to arrest and possible fine and/or imprisonment. Ma’am, I have a political science degree with a detailed amount of training in constitutional law. I feared this could go very badly for you. From what I understand you are already being sued. Now you may also be going to prison as well.

The First Amendment to the Constitution clearly states that there is a separation of church and state. Same-sex couples do not come to you searching for religious marriage. Instead, they come seeking secular, state recognition under the law, which has absolutely nothing to do with religion. Your argument of religious opposition to same-sex marriage does not hold any weight, because they are not asking you for religious marriage.

The matter of same-sex marriage is not up for discussion. The Supreme Court of the United States of America has ordered all parties to comply. You are in clear violation of federal law, and risk serious penalty. Please, for the sake of your own comfort and safety, start following the law and issue same-sex marriage licenses. If you still have a problem with the matter, it would behoove you to resign, as you are letting your religious beliefs cloud your judgment on a matter that has nothing to do with religion at all.

Regards,

Alec Frazier
Director
Autistic Reality
Author
Without Fear: The First Autistic Superhero

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