National Organization for Marriage staff (whomever that might be) is citing a piece on the conservative site The Federalist. Their intro reads:

As millions of Americans refuse to accept the illegitimate ruling of the US Supreme Court redefining marriage, the issue of how to deal with conscientious objectors has risen to the fore.


Davis, the Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to violate her faith by participating in certifying a same-sex ‘marriage’ is perhaps the best known victim of the Court ruling, but she is only one of many who have been fined, fired, punished or put out of business. Similar punishments are taking place regarding religious groups who are unable to comply with Obamacare regulations because of their faith.

I don’t know who these millions of Americans are. With the exception of a half-dozen or so people who violated local non-discrimination laws, Americans are unaffected by same-sex marriage. The notion that an opinion of the Supreme Court that you do not like is “illegitimate” is ridiculous. To call these bigots “conscientious objectors“ is an insult to people (including a number of Catholic priests) who went to jail to protest the Vietnam war. Muhammad Ali lost his career and put his liberty at risk in refusing to be inducted into the armed services. None of these few anti-gay activists (in the true sense of the word) has made that kind of sacrifice.

As for Kim Davis, she went to jail – not as a conscientious objector – but because the alternative was giving up her paycheck which is almost four times the per-capita income in that area. Furthermore, Davis did not refuse to violate her faith. Objecting because her name was pre-printed on a form that others signed in her office and then to claim that it shows her approval of same-sex marriage is something other than “conscientious.” It’s the cry for attention by an unbalanced individual. The pathology plays out perfectly with her in jail. Davis is a victim only of her own sickness or stupidity. Furthermore she is not “one of many.”

As far back as the bishops pulling the plug on the adoption services of Massachusetts Catholic Charities, creating victims was a fundamental part of thwarting marriage equality. It hasn’t worked very well. Since 2007 we know about the photographer, two bakers, the florist and now Kim Davis. Rather than using Davis to thwart marriage equality which is a done deal, they are using the photographer, the two bakers, the florist and Kim Davis to thwart equality in public accommodations. With Davis they have the spectacular hubris to attempt to thwart equality at government offices administered by public officials — all at taxpayer expense. It takes real balls to paint Kim Davis as a victim.

As for the piece in the Federalist, it is about contraceptives and Obamacare. The solution, providing exchanges for contraceptive coverage, doesn’t seem workable to me. The more important point, for me, is the fact that this has nothing whatsoever to do with NOM’s issue which is same-sex marriage.

Come to think of it, same-sex marriage is no longer an issue. Why does NOM continue to exist? Why are people funding this F-Troop of Christian advocacy.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.