As Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis continues to defy the law by refusing to issue marriage licences to gay couples, a gay rights group known as Planting Peace is challenging her with a billboard that demonstrates the reality of marriage.
“Dear Kim Davis,” the billboard reads, “The fact that you can’t sell your daughter for three goats and a cow means we’ve already redefined marriage.”
Nothing reinforces the truthfulness of the billboard more than the Bible itself. Exodus 22:16-17 illustrates how the traditional marriage Davis purports to believe in is based on a virgin-obsessed financial transaction:
“If a man seduces a virgin who is not engaged, and lies with her, he must pay a dowry for her to be his wife. If her father absolutely refuses to give her to him, he shall pay money equal to the dowry for virgins.”
It’s unclear if anyone was unfortunate enough to pay a dowry for any one of Kim Davis’ four marriages to three different men, but it’s safe to say that her way of doing things was less than traditional. Considering that she lives in the largest glass house imaginable, it’s interesting to see her continuing to throw stones at the gay community.
There have been so many exceptions made to accommodate the needs of people who realize how unrealistic traditional marriage is, including divorce and a lot less emphasis on whether or not a woman’s hymen is in tact. Yet people like Davis, who have taken advantage of every one of those exceptions, can’t feel an ounce of empathy for the gay community.
Davis supposedly found her religious identity in 2011, and she’s using her so-called awakening to warrant her own discriminatory behavior toward the gay community. Doubling down on her defiant behavior doesn’t change the fact that she’s a hypocrite based on her own religious teachings. The same people who are applauding her discrimination now are the same people who would look down on her for her sinful past.
If marriage is so sacred to Davis, she should have made her first marriage work regardless of how miserable she was, right? Apparently believes that exceptions to traditional marriage are only reserved for her.
Marriage is and will always be a financial transaction at its very core. Sure, people like me love to romanticize it and dream about making the ultimate commitment with the person they love. But on paper, it’s all about tax breaks, shared health insurance, and a legal document that’ll allow you to see your loved in case they end up in a hospital.
Donald Trump is citing his score on a routine cognitive test as proof he can solve the North Korea crisis better than Obama
In an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, Donald Trump brought up his score on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment as proof he is mentally capable of solving the escalating North Korea crisis.
According to Reuters, Trump blamed the tensions on the actions of his predecessors, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and said prior administrations “all realized they were going to have to leave it to a president that scored the highest on tests.”
Right-wing preacher justifies Trump’s Access Hollywood tape as God’s work
How do the same evangelicals who incessantly force-feed us their morals and family values manage to overwhelmingly support someone like Donald Trump? Especially when he gets caught on tape discussing how he moves in on women "like a bitch" and how he enjoys the occasional spontaneous pussy grab.
How exactly did white evangelicals reconcile Trump’s inability to resist desires of the flesh to the point where 80 percent voted for him?
Trump reverses protections for Americans with crippling student loan debt
One of the biggest obstacles to a healthy U.S. economy continues to be student loan debt, which an increasing number of people are defaulting on. Millions of people had not made a payment on $137 billion in federal student loans for at least nine months in 2016. That’s a 14 percent increase in defaults from the previous year.
So what was Trump’s response to the the already grotesque $1.2 trillion problem? He threw out what little protection borrowers had against shady debt collectors.
Around 8 million people are currently defaulting on their student loan debt. Just under half of those people took out loans through the discontinued Federal Family Education Loan Program. The program insured and subsidized loans from private lenders.