Anti-Gay Clerk In Kentucky Gets Time
I don’t want this part of today’s post to sound bitter, angry, or vindictive so I’m trying hard to keep the content succinct.
U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis last week to issue licenses to two gay couples, and ruled Monday that she is not entitled to any more delays. But because “emotions are running high on both sides of this debate,” he also stayed his decision while she takes her case to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal.
Attorneys on both sides disagreed about the implications. Dan Canon, representing the gay couples, said Davis remains under the judge’s order. But Mat Staver, who represents Davis and is the founder of Florida-based Liberty Counsel, said the convoluted order essentially grants her request for more time.
What is clear is that Davis will continue refusing to issue marriage licenses to anyone in this county of about 23,000 people, home to Morehead State University in the Appalachian foothills of eastern Kentucky. Until the case is resolved, no new wedding can be legally recognized in Rowan County unless the couple obtains a marriage license somewhere else.
“This is not something I decided because of this decision that came down,” Davis testified in federal court last month. “It was thought-out and, you know, I sought God on it.”
It’s so sad and she’s so backward it’s hard to comment.
Jeff Bezos and the New York Times
The New York Times wrote a scathing piece about Amazon working conditions and there’s been a great deal of discussion about it online all day. In full disclosure, I’m not a huge fan of the New York Times, not since the 2007 Presidential election, and it’s been my personal opinion since then they aren’t the most reliable source for good objective news content nowadays.
In any event, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, replied:
“[The article] claims that our intentional approach is to create a soulless, dystopian workplace where no fun is had and no laughter heard,” Bezos wrote. “Again, I don’t recognize this Amazon and I very much hope you don’t, either. More broadly, I don’t think any company adopting the approach portrayed could survive, much less thrive, in today’s highly competitive tech hiring market.”
I don’t know much about Amazon working conditions, but I do know there are a lot of people out there who don’t like Amazon because they’ve been so on target in so many respects, with so many innovations, including publishing, they’ve become targets themselves.
You can read more here.
There’s also an e-mail Bezos wrote to Amazon employees, post the NYT piece, asking them to contact him if they have any proof the “anecdotes” in the NYT article exist. It should be interesting to see if anyone responds in public to defend Amazon.
Side note: Jeff Bezos also owns the Washington Post.
David Denson Comes Out
David Denson is a minor league baseball player with the Milwaukee Brewers’, and he recently came out of the closet in public. This is the second one I’ve seen so far today.
Before he knew it, Denson was making the emotional announcement he yearned to share, and the group around him expanded to the point that he soon was speaking to most of the team. Much to Denson’s relief, when the conversation ended he was greeted with outward support and understanding instead of condemnation.
“Talking with my teammates, they gave me the confidence I needed, coming out to them,” recalled Denson. “They said, ‘You’re still our teammate. You’re still our brother. We kind of had an idea, but your sexuality has nothing to do with your ability. You’re still a ballplayer at the end of the day. We don’t treat you any different. We’ve got your back.’
There’s more here. It’s a very positive piece.
I will say, though, that when I post about these things online on social media I often get one typical response: “I can’t wait until there are no labels and this doesn’t mean anything.” I know most people mean well with that comment. However, that response really bothers me because we live in a world of labels. When I owned an art gallery in New Hope for ten years I was “the art gallery guy.” The woman who owned the candy shop was “the candy store lady.” No one was ever worried about those labels, so why should we be worried about labels regarding our sexuality? That’s what bothers me when someone says they don’t like labels. I don’t mind being “labeled” as a gay man. In fact, I’m proud of that. So please think twice next time you say you don’t like labels. You might not be getting the whole point of the discussion, you might be hiding something, or you might be dealing a few of your own inner demons.
There should be no shame at all attached to being gay.
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