Kim Davis is out of jail, but she is not out of the headlines. Her name is nearly everywhere in the media. Bloggers, pundits, and even presidential candidates have opined about the Rowan County clerk.
Conservatives, Christians, and conservative Christians are deliberating whether Davis did the right thing and whether her jailing was justified. People who hold similar principles are caught in this debate because they are weighing and applying their principles differently. Consequently, the dispute indicates the need for clarity on certain issues.
For Davis, the issue was not simply the morality of same-sex marriage. It was the appearance of her name on the marriage licenses. When her appeals to be excused from issuing the licenses were rebuffed, she stopped issuing any marriage licenses at all. Ordered by the court to resume, she refused as a matter of conscience. That refusal is what prompted the judge to jail her for contempt of court.
In other words, Davis’s refusal to issue marriage licenses was not a form of protest. It was not an attempt to reverse the law of the land. Davis was just trying to avoid an action that (she...