Do Not Pass Go: A federal judge sent Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to jail on Thursday for violating the Supreme Court’s July ruling allowing all couples the right to marry, says PBS, ABC News, U.S. News & World Report, CBS News and lots of other outlets. Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, stating the law goes against her religious beliefs.
U.S. District Judge David Bunning said in court:
“The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order. If you give people the opportunity to choose which orders they follow, that’s what potentially causes problems.
Mrs. Davis took an oath. Oaths mean things.”
And the thing of it is, it really is just that simple. TIME agrees, saying Ms. Davis just doesn’t seem to know how the Constitution works.
What other way could this have played out, really? Last week, we talked about the options available: She could resign (which she said she wouldn’t do), she could be impeached (which was also unlikely), she could be fined, or she could go to jail.
And so she’s in jail for contempt while the debate about the law itself continues, says the New York Times, right outside the courtroom.
The Huffington Post lists “4 Reasons — From A Christian Perspective — Why Kim Davis Is 100% Wrong.”
Presidential hopeful and your junior Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, appearing on CNN, said:
“I think it’s absurd to put someone in jail for exercising their religious liberty. If you want to convince people that same-sex marriage is something that’s acceptable, I would say try to persuade people. But if we’re going to use the federal government … it’s going to harden people’s resolve on this issue.”
You know, when we’ve talked about marriage equality in the past, I’ve said it’s the civil rights issue of our time. And Kim Davis, in some Bizzaro World scenario, is being equated with the likes of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King; Think Progress reports Mike Huckabee compared her to Lincoln on MSNBC and by Davis’s lawyers, according to The Huffington Post.
Lincoln says, “Yeah, I don’t know about that one…”
Bizarro isn’t so sure either.
The Boston Globe takes the other side of civil disobedience, comparing her to George Wallace, the Alabama Governor who pronounced, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever,” and famously stood in the doorway of the University of Alabama to keep black students from entering.
Who do you want to be when history looks back upon you?
The Washington Post proposes a political compromise, in which Davis would be allowed to abstain while her deputies carry out the law. Only that was offered to her and she turned it down. USA Today says marriage licenses will be issued for all in Rowan County today. More on that as it comes in.
The Huffington Post looks at next steps for Ms. Davis, which amounts to comply with the order and you go free — which she says she won’t do — or resign, which she also says she won’t do.
Esquire envisions something else in her future: money, and a lot of it. Martyrdom, they say, has its rewards.
Not for nothing, one of the couples suing Davis, April Miller and Karen Roberts, say they never wanted her sentenced to jail; they hoped a fine would persuade the clerk to relent or resign, says NBC News. The couple plans to marry today, given a license will be granted.
And here’s the thing and the thing is this—can we really have too much love in the world? I think not. Respectfully, you’re worried about the wrong stuff.
Here’s a thing that wants your attention:
The greater Cincinnati area encompassing Ohio, Indiana and Northern Kentucky sits at No. 5 on the list. But beating them out at No. 4? The Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Area.
So that’s not so great. Cleveland is No. 1, if you’re curious.
So that map up there: The red parts are predominantly white; the blue parts predominantly black; the white is where there’s crossover.
Says 24/7 Wall Street:
The Louisville metro area may be in a unique position to reverse the impacts of segregation in the future. The majority of the area is located in Jefferson County, which is represented by a single school district. Since the 1970s, Louisville’s busing plan helped diversify the student body in many schools. While schools may be more diverse, residents still live in sharply divided neighborhoods. Two zip codes in the center of the city are home to 2.7% of the area’s population, but nearly 20% of the city’s black population live there. And 61.7% of the area’s white residents live in homogeneous zip codes.
Residential segregation can have an enormous impact on social and economic factors. In both of the primarily black zip codes in Louisville, less than 10% of adult residents have at least a bachelor’s degree, well below the 26.3% of all metro area adults with such a degree. Additionally, the median income of black households of just $30,000 is well below the median income of white households of more than $54,000.
And from 24/7 once more:
Racial and socioeconomic segregation are closely linked, especially in large U.S. metropolitan areas. The predominantly nonwhite neighborhoods in all but one of the nine most segregated metro areas have significantly lower educational attainment rates than those of white neighborhoods and the national rates. Segregation along racial lines is also associated with income segregation. The difference between black and white median household incomes exceeded the national gap of $22,681 in all but three of the 29 metro areas reviewed.
So we have work to do, Louisville.
And the Winner Is: Your University of Louisville fighting football Cardinals will suit up for the first time this season on Saturday, when they face off against the Tigers of Auburn.
But according to ESPN, they’re not quite ready to say who’s lining up behind center at the all-important quarterback spot. It’s not that Coach Bobby Petrino doesn’t know who’s starting — he just doesn’t want you or anyone else to know. Which is rude, really.
Most anticipate sophomore Reggie Bonnafon to start things off, but you’ll want to tune in to CBS at 3:30 p.m. to find out for sure.
Mommy Dearest: We talked last week about the new project Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer are developing, in which the pair play sisters. According to Entertainment Weekly, they’re already receiving casting suggestions for other roles. For example, Bette Midler just nominated herself to play the mom.
Midler, like the rest of the world, is a huge Jennifer Lawrence fan.
In other Lawrence news, The Huffington Post says she has a new ad out for Dior, channeling some Hollywood glamour. Here’s the ad:
“Don’t be shy…” she says, and then sort of spins around in a chair while putting on lipstick. I mean, she looks great spinning around in the chair, albeit a little confused, but smarter people than I know why that’s enough to make you want to buy things.
Speaking of, it’s almost 2 a.m. and the move from the Germantown In Other News… Headquarters to the near north means I’m only just now getting around to dinner, which is not a great idea, and it also means that dinner was handed to me through a window of some kind, which is also not a great idea.
But if I’m more acerbic this week than normal, it’s low blood sugar. There’s also no utensils that have made their way to the new In Other News… HQ, so I may or may not have eaten ice cream out of the carton by squeezing it really hard like a bear rummaging through a cooler at a National Park campsite.
But this is tacos at 1:30 a.m. or so, if you’re curious:
No doubt coming from tonight’s live show of NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me.”
The couple in the maroonish car nearest the giant purple pole may have broken up while waiting in line. Something about a lack of appreciation and someone named Shelley. And then they very politely ordered the No. 6 and the No. 3 respectively and off they went. I hope that’s not the case, Shelley be damned. I really do. Gets back to what I was saying about there not being enough love in the world.
I will say, you really want the folks at Tacos to have a little more pride in their post-midnight work, but they just don’t, at least at this undisclosed location.
Or the contractors at In Other News…slightly north of Germantown, for that matter. Here’s the new kitchen sink cabinet installed yesterday:
I can’t put my finger on it, but something’s not quite right there.
Megan is being great about this because she is pretty great about most everything. I am not. Also, her parents are coming in town and this is how I’m taking care of their daughter, with the jankiest kitchen sink cabinet you can haphazardly throw under a countertop.
Also, that wall’s to be painted, so don’t judge that part.
They are supposed to come back and fix that today, but your solutions and suggestions are welcome — for the cabinet, not my surliness — in case they don’t make good.
Also, Patrick tipped me off to the new Star Wars toys, just released, including a remote control soccer ball robot I will purchase to terrorize the cats.
And finally, a big happy birthday shout to my dear friend, Greg Maupin, whom I’ve worked and played with for more years than either of us care to discuss. I’m not wishing him well, mind you, so much as seeking confirmation that he does, in fact, read the column, like he says.
Also I went birthday bowling with Tony Milder and the Shakespeare gang; he turned 29. I did not break 50. Several of my shots, while undeniably powerful and direct, as you might expect, landed decidedly on either side of the 10 pins available.
I suppose I’m surly about as well.
See you next week.