George Takei versus Madonna’s brother? They may seem like unlikely challengers, but George is slamming Kim Davis and her supporters. In contrast to Takei, Madonna’s brother feels that the Kentucky clerk has the right to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Long famed for his role on Star Trek, George has become a well-known LGBT activist as well. Takei took to Facebook to share his views on Davis following her highly publicized exit from jail. During the rally after Kim was freed, Republican White House wannabe Gov. Mike Huckabee contributed to the hype for Davis, reported MSNBC.
But George took a very different view than Huckabee of Davis’ actions.
“Well this is a bit of a circus,” contended Takei. “So let us be clear: This woman is no hero to be celebrated. She broke her oath to uphold the Constitution and defied a court order so she could deny government services to couples who are legally entitled to be married.”
Moreover, George argued that the right to religious freedom is not the same as using religion to deny others their rights. Takei compared civil laws to religious convictions in his social media statement.
“If she had denied marriage certificates to an interracial couple, would people cheer her? Would presidential candidates flock to her side? In our society, we obey civil laws, not religious ones. To suggest otherwise is, simply put, entirely un-American.”
But while George argued against Davis and her supporters, Huckabee went so far as to say that he would go to jail in her place if needed. The presidential candidate contends that Kim is not alone in being harassed due to her religion.
“I’m tired of seeing people just harassed because they believe something of their faith,” declared Huckabee. “We cannot criminalize Christian faith or anybody’s faith in this country.”
And Madonna’s brother agrees with Huckabee while disagreeing with Takei. Christopher Ciccone, who has been candid about being gay, also used Facebook to share his view that Davis has the right to decline to issue same-sex marriage licenses because he feels her refusal falls in the category of religious freedom, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“Once again, the gay community feels the need to be sore winners,” posted Ciccone. “Is it so difficult to allow this women her religion? Or must we destroy her in order for her to betray her faith. No matter how we judge, it’s truth. The rights we have all fought for, mean nothing, if we deny her hers.”
However, Christopher did clarify that because Kim is a civil servant, he understands that she has the responsibility to obey the federal laws. He defended Davis on the basis that the laws also provide for religious freedom.
As the Inquisitr reported, a similar case to Kim Davis is occurring in Oregon, where Judge Vance Day began his no-same-sex marriages stance in May 2014. That was the month in which gay marriages were legalized in Oregon. At that time, the judge told staff members that when couples of the same sex came to his offices to be wed, they should provide referrals to different judges.
In discussing that case, the co-director of a gay-rights organization Basic Rights Oregon, Jeana Frazzini, expressed concern about the implications of a judge defying the U.S. Supreme Court ruling about LGBT marriages.
“Taking that kind of a step really calls into question how an LGBTQ person could expect to be treated in a court of law. It goes beyond marriage and gets to serious questions about judicial integrity.”
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