It’s not often you read such a blistering editorial against the Religious Right, much less in Kentucky, so enjoy this one in the Lexington Herald-Leader. It comes in response to Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples because of her faith, and calls out the Christian legal defense group that has her back for no good reason:
The husband and wife team who founded and run Liberty Counsel, Anita and Matthew Staver, were paid $137,758 and $153,591, respectively, in 2013. The staff of five ran up $184,479 in travel expenses that year and spent $429,584 on conferences, conventions and meetings. Liberty Counsel paid one independent contractor over $600,000 for “email alert services,” and another almost $500,000 for printing and mail services. “Case costs,” were reported at $105,487.
Liberty’s attorneys know they can’t win the case in Rowan County. Same-sex marriage is legal since the Supreme Court’s June 26 decision and it’s Davis’ job to issue marriage licenses.
So, why is Liberty Counsel marching alongside Davis in this losing cause? It takes a lot to keep that marketing machine humming and those executives paid, and the only way to keep those donations coming is to stay in the news. For that purpose a losing cause is just as good as, perhaps better than, a winning one.
It’s been said many times over, but Davis’ faith is irrelevant here. She signed up to do a government job, one for which taxpayers reward her handsomely. If she can’t do it, she shouldn’t be working there. Her complaint makes as much sense as a vegetarian who works at McDonalds but refuses to serve any meat products.
And Liberty Counsel, as usual, has no legal basis for its defense. Their argument consists solely of screaming “Christian Persecution” and hoping someone ignorant in a position of power takes them seriously.