…or even what doing the job you want entails.
Yesterday via Twitter, on the Kentucky county clerk who won’t issue marriage licenses:
Rachel Held Evans @rachelheldevans
No one’s being jailed for practicing her religion. Someone’s being jailed for using the government to force others to practice her religion. 1:30 PM – 3 Sep 2015
You might be surprised by the number people who apparently don’t understand that, even some with law degrees.
So, one of the 2016 republican candidates for Attorney General in Missouri just had to weigh in:
Missouri Attorney General candidate expresses support for jailed Kentucky clerk
Friday, September 4, 2015 ~ Updated 3:19 PM
By Tyler Graef Southeast Missourian
Missouri Attorney General candidate Josh Hawley on Friday denounced the jailing of county clerk Kim Davis of Kentucky and called for more clearly defined protections for religious people in the public sphere…..
….”[A recorder of deeds in Missouri] should be able to opt out and designate someone else, a deputy or another official to issue the license instead,” Hawley said during a phone interview. “That would protect their constitutional rights and also allow for that license to be issued.”
Uh, correct us if we’re wrong, but it wasn’t that the Kentucky county clerk didn’t want to personally issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, but as the public official in charge of the office she wasn’t allowing the issuance of any licenses to any couples. That is a significant difference.
A statement by Jake Zimmermann (D), one of the Democratic Party candidates for Attorney General in 2016, in response to Josh Hawley’s (r) statements as reported in the newspaper article:
“The Attorney General’s job is to enforce the law, not to make it up as you go along. Marriage equality is the law of the land. If you don’t understand that, you shouldn’t be running for Attorney General.”