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Judge sends Kentucky clerk Kim Davis to jail for refusing to issue same-sex marriages. Does that make sense?

Kim Davis
Kim Davis

The Supreme Court has ruled and the law is clear: same-sex marriage is the law of the land.

It doesn’t matter much if you like it. That especially pertains to those who take an oath to uphold the law. That’s different than the dispute about where to draw the line in the private sector.

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis has been happily defying the Court and the law, refusing to allow anyone in her office to issue marriage licenses because she believes homosexuality is a sin. A number of GOP candidates, including Mike Huckabee and Marco Rubio, have come to her defense.

Today, a judge sent her to jail.

Was that the right move?

Or maybe the bigger story is what Greg Sargent of the Washington Post found:

A Kentucky clerk is turning away gay couples. But she’s a real rarity:

Freedom to Marry, the gay advocacy group, has been closely tracking implementation of the gay marriage ruling in counties across the country, particularly in the south. The group provided me with a rundown of the state of play:

In Alabama, there are 67 counties. 54 counties are issuing licenses to everyone.

In Kentucky, there are 120 counties. 118 counties are issuing to everyone.

In Tennessee, there are 95 counties. All are issuing licenses.

In Mississippi, there 82 counties. All are issuing licenses.

There are 64 parishes in Louisiana. All are issuing licenses.

In Georgia, there are 159 counties. All are issuing licenses.

In Texas, there are 254 counties. All are issuing licenses.

I can’t vouch for the accuracy of these numbers, but Freedom to Marry tells me that they are based on direct calls to the clerks themselves, as well as on reports from organizers on the ground. Also, it is in the interests of the group to draw attention to any counties that aren’t issuing licenses.