Over the past few weeks, much of the public’s attention has been diverted to a bizarre series of events in Kentucky. There, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling earlier this year effectively legalizing gay marriage, a lone county clerk named Kim Davis decided she would stop issuing marriage licenses, not just for gay couples, but for all couples. Davis’s reasoning could be summed up in one catchy three word phrase that has stirred up peoples’ emotions ever since it was coined: freedom of religion.
Cue the media circus. As supporters of gay rights understandably lashed out, Christian fundamentalists across the country jumped to her defense. After all, denying people marriage licenses is probably what Jesus would have done if he were a county clerk in Kentucky.