Kim Davis

Noah Sharp 1st Period


Kim Davis is not necessarily a large political figure, or one that you will know of the top of your head. Kim Davis was a county clerk who refused to issue same sex marriage licenses. She was not a part of any movement in particular, but instead acting on her personal beliefs. She denied 4 same sex couples within 2015 before being taken to court.
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How does Kim Davis relate to Thoreau

Kim Davis relates to Thoreau in that she placed her conscience/morals over the law. Thoreau stated "Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislation?" along with "the only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right". Both of these quotes are about acting on conscience rather than submitting to legislation. In Kim Davis's case this is refusing to issue same sex marriage licenses when they had been made legal in a Supreme Court case. This immediate action also aligns with Thoreau's point of rebelling immediately against the government, such as in the quote "shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?".

On a closing note I will say that she should have left her position if she disagreed with this law so much, and she did not handle things in the most professional manner. But her actions do align with Thoreau's ideas on conscience vs. law, so I felt she fit well.