Is Kim Davis a Hero?
Many are calling Kim Davis a hero for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples after the recent ruling on the issue. Going as far as comparing her to MLK, Rosa Parks, and Mahatma Gandhi, the Christian Republican party praises her for employing "civil disobedience." There seems be only a minor problem with this, seeing that all of these historical figures used civil disobedience as a means to distribute justice, whereas Kim Davis is using it to obstruct justice for gay couples.
Breaking the law in order to create social change is highly romanticized in American society. Calling Kim Davis a martyr for using civil disobedience is not only wrong, but it is a bit of a stretch. Civil disobedience is usually only employed when there is blatant injustice directed at an oppressed group of individuals. Conservative Christians were in no way harmed by the fact that gay couples can now get married. Were they highly upset? Yes. But there is no active injustice that is being perpetrated upon them.
In a democracy, we have to accept every line of thinking due to the highly respected right of freedom of expression. Sometimes however, this "freedom of expression" can create martyrs out of undeserving individuals like Kim Davis and it can create momentum for a highly extreme minority group. Over 70% of Americans believe that gay marriage should be legalized, and now it is.
Gay marriage is now legalized but that doesn't mean that there won't be backlash from people like Kim Davis. This being said, Conservative Christians should accept the fact the fight is over. Our country is moving toward justice and equality and we are not going back on this ruling. The archaic way of thought supported by many conservative christians will no longer prevail in our society. The state will finally recognize the union between two people regardless of their sexuality.