I’m just a plainspoken Colorado criminal defense lawyer, but the way I see it…
I’m glad the Kentucky county clerk who refused to grant marriage licenses to gay couples is out of jail.
I hate to see people in jail, even religious bigots who think God speaks directly to them about His, or Her, or Their opinion about everything from whether same-sex couples should have the same right to pledge eternal love (usually more than once) to whose side God is on in a Yankee-Red Sox game.
The judge who released her said she just can’t be involved in issuing marriage licenses anymore; her clerks, whom God has apparently not chosen to speak so directly to, can handle that task. The judge didn’t say anything about dog licenses, so she’ll be kept plenty busy.
The martyred clerk was the perfect chance for the Presidential aspirant from Kentucky to pronounce an imperfect sound bite. Said Senator Rand Paul, “I think it’s absurd to put someone in jail for exercising their religious liberty.” It was the right characterization for a statement that cited the wrong offense. The Biblically challenged clerk was put in jail for violating someone else’s human (and at least for now Constitutional) rights.