Why This Lesbian Prays for Kim Davis’ Release from Jail
Kim Davis is taking her stand in jail, marriage-equality supporters are reveling in the streets of Facebook, and marriage-inequality Christians are making rosaries of their clutched pearls.
And I’m paralyzed.
Last week I dismissed as obnoxious and needless Davis’ refusal to issue legal marriage licenses to couples she sincerely doesn’t believe should have the same civil rights she has so frequently availed herself of; I reckoned she had every right to resign from a job that clearly no longer suited her, and I wished her a speedy good riddance. But today I see that it’s all far more nefarious, and that’s why I’ve been sitting here scared.
I’m legitimately worried that Davis’ jailing will be the rallying cry that religious extremists in our country need to make life even more dangerous for LGTBQ people than it already is. Anti-LGBTQ hate crimes have been expected to increase in the wake of nation-wide marriage equality. The last thing we need is an angry mob who doesn’t just hate us, but is deluded to think that we are persecuting them—you always fight harder if you think you’re being attacked. You’ll even fight to the death.
As an optimist, I hope Davis has a change of heart toward her fellow citizens; as a realist, I hope she at least resigns. And as a woman about to marry another woman in this country, I hope that, for the love of God, one way or the other, Kim Davis will get out of jail before it’s too late for us all.