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'God's authority' doesn't apply in the Rowan County Courthouse

'God's authority' doesn't apply in the Rowan County Courthouse

On Thursday, Kim Davis, an elected clerk in Rowan County, Ky., who has steadfastly refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, is expected to appear before a federal judge who could find her in contempt of court and jail or fine her. Neither sanction will be necessary if Davis does what both her beliefs and the requirements of the law demand that she do: resign or face a justified effort to remove her from office. Historically this country has been generous toward individuals whose religious beliefs make it difficult for them to comply with the law. But the accommodation must stop at the point at which a public official refuses to discharge her legal duty by invoking...

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