A Matter of Appearances, and Other Notes

Huang reflects on a mission barely accomplished. (Darker Than Black, ep. 14)

Although my permission doesn’t matter, yes, you have my permission to enjoy the next three paragraphs.

A transgender man and his wife stepped forward Saturday with paperwork showing that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis apparently issued them a marriage license in February even though she has blocked forms for same-sex couples over the past two months.

Camryn Colen, who is transgender, and his wife Alexis, who identifies as pan sexual, said Davis’ office provided the license on Feb. 26 without asking to see Camryn’s birth certificate, which still identifies him as female. The couple married that night.

“She saw just a straight couple in love, and she should see everybody like that,” Camryn said. “She shouldn’t just see straight couples like that.”

(Wynn)

No, seriously. When petulant laughter―Ah! Ha! Ha ha! Hahaha! HaHahaHahHaHa!―is all we can think of, why not just go with it?

This moment of pure ironic bliss is brought to you by Kentucky, because why not and where the hell else?

We might note, some sense of backstory would probably be fair; Kim Davis, for those who do not follow such minutiae, is the clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, and refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples as a matter of Christian conscience, so much so that she hopes to take her case to the Supreme Court. Then again, she is also merely one of two clerks giving Gov. Steve Beshear (D) headaches. The other, Casey Davis (no relation), clerk of Casey County (no apparent relation), complained last week on a West Virginia radio show that “Christians don’t have rights anymore”, and proclaim that he is ready to give his life in order to prevent gay marriage in Kentucky:

An emotional Davis went on to claim that he may lose his life in defiance of marriage equality: “Our law says ‘one man and one woman’ and that is what I held my hand up and took an oath to and that is what I expected. If it takes it, I will go to jail over — if it takes my life, I will die for because I believe I owe that to the people that fought so I can have the freedom that I have, I owe that to them today, and you do, we all do. They fought and died so we could have this freedom and I’m going to fight and die for my kids and your kids can keep it.”

Demanding that Beshear call a special session of the legislature to give him and other clerks a reprieve from doing their job duties, Davis said that the governor should “sit down with a man and a woman who sent their child off to war alive, hugged their neck, told them they loved them and brought them back in a pine box and get them to tell me what the price of freedom is.”

(Tashman)

And while it might occur to note Mr. Davis doesn’t really make much sense, we might also remember that this is Kentucky, where making sense is apparently some manner of dangerous.

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Tashman, Brian. “Anti-Gay Kentucky Clerk Defies Court for Third Time, Appeals to SCOTUS”. Right Wing Watch. 27 August 2015.

—————. “Kentucky Clerk Says He May Die Fighting Gay Marriage”. Right Wing Watch. 27 August 2015.

Wynn, Mike. “Rowan transgender man and wife got license”. The Courier-Journal. 30 August 2015.

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