Shortly after we ran a front page story last October about Latah being the only county in Idaho to issue same-sex marriage licenses following an appellate court decision barring state bans, two of our (possibly former) readers came to us. They complained that not only did we run a large front-page photo of two women kissing, which these men found distasteful, but we were constantly running stories about gay marriage.
“We’re tired of these stories,” they told us.
Fair enough, we said, but explained we would continue to run such stories until it was no longer a relevant social issue.
When the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision that state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, we thought we might be done with such stories.
But then Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and Louisiana ensured the stories will go on as officials there refused to abide by the decision.
“It goes against everything I hold dear, everything in my life,” said Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky who is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on religious grounds.
Others in Texas and Alabama object, too, on the same grounds.
Legal experts, however, doubt the religious freedom argument will hold water, particularly if public officials with religious objections fail to find a way for others who don’t object to serve the public instead.
“If it means that you simply cannot fulfill your duties because of your religious beliefs you can no longer hold your office,” said Sam Marcosson, a constitutional law professor at the University of Louisville. “That applies to a judge, that applies to a senator, that applies to anyone who holds a public office.”
Louisiana, meanwhile, has said it’ll hold off issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples until it hears the results of another lower appellate court case, as if it might somehow trump the Supreme Court’s decision.
For those out there tired of seeing stories about same-sex marriage in the Daily News, you should know we’re tired of them, too.
But until everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, is provided “equal dignity in the eyes of the law,” as justices wrote in last week’s decision, we’ll keep publishing them.