You Are Who You Are
I'm with her in thinking that most of us would be fired if we refused to carry out our public role because it conflicted with our personal views.
As a liberal Christian couple Mr C and I have many friends who are gay and some who are trans. Some in the church, many more outside it. You are who you are first, but you choose your religion, we reckon. Those we know who are gay and involved in the church are either firmly in the closet at church or involved with liberal Christian groups where the primary belief is that God wants you happy in yourself, and if that means having a same-sex relationship so be it. Many of these groups also know that some people's reaction to abuse can be to run from the entire sex which abused them, hence a victim of domestic violence will end up in a same-sex relationship afterwards.
I pick and choose my fields of work according to my preferences. I've been interviewed for many posts in biological science departments where I am nearly always asked my views about experimentation on animals. Pleased to say I have never had to compromise my views to work in one yet. I'd rather be where I am, where any research my department gets involved in is carried out as part of human clinical trials and other areas of the hospital are actively pursuing laboratory studies to test substances in a lab rather than on animals.
I've often wondered how a Catholic pharmacist might feel when asked to dispense the Pill. I also remember from my retail days some Muslims who asked for a transfer to a non-food department during Ramadan, because handling food all day was too much for them. There was also the case of a Christian bed and breakfast place which refused to let a room to a gay couple.
Nurses are prevented from pushing their religion, and in some hospitals even the wearing of more than the barest of religious symbols is against dress code. In my place of work, Sikh men may wear a turban, Muslim ladies are permitted a headscarf as long as it doesn't conflict with clinical requirements. If head to toe covering is required by a female as a part of their religious observance, it must be in keeping with clinical rules and sleeves must be able to be pushed up as necessary. Necklaces are not permitted in any active clinical role.
If your belief is that strong then there are plenty of jobs which are not as fixed in their codes of conduct. On the other hand there is a whole list of sports stars who manage to juggle faith and sport, taking Ramadan during winter training rather than when running up to a major competition, or giving donations to charity in lieu of observation of a particular feast day or tradition.
I'm wondering what's going to happen now in the Kim Davis case. My guess, from all the way over here in the UK, is that she may well be impeached for bringing her role into disrepute and fired on the grounds that no elected official can have a criminal record. The authorities may even kick her son out too. After all, even Presidents can be impeached.
It'll be interesting to see what happens, as gay marriage isn't going to go away, and in any case, Ms Davis had stopped issuing marriage certificates to everyone, gay or straight, as I understand it. That would surely be classed as dereliction of duty if she was in the military, which is an offence punishable by dishonorable discharge, ie sacking.
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