I really held off as long as I could about this subject but it doesn't seem to want to go away. I believe in standing up for Jesus Christ and for protecting the rights of everybody to believe and live as one chooses. This is America, you can believe or not believe anything you choose and you do not have a right to infringe on other people’s beliefs. Let me be clear, I believe the bible defines marriage between one man and one woman, only. I believe the same thing that Kim Davis believes. However, I don’t live in a theocracy. The United States of America is a democratic country governed by laws. Kim Davis has two problems. First though she may believe what she does, she cannot force others to believe what she believes. If people want to get married, who is she to say that they can’t? As a body of believers, we do not expect nonbelievers to be governed by the same laws that we are governed by so I expect laws to be made in this country that may not agree with my beliefs. Ms. Davis’ second problem is bigger. She signed up, took an oath that she would carry out the duties of her assignment and to uphold the laws of the county in which she took the oath. That’s a duty that nobody forced her to take. She said in her swearing in that she would carry out the duties of the county, not the duties that she believes in. I’m sure that as she passed out marriage licenses to heterosexual couples, she knew some of those people should not get married. Sometimes you can see when it will go wrong, but that’s not her job. Her job is to issue marriage licenses to couples where the law states that it is legal to get married. Nobody is paying her to judge who should and should not get married. That’s not her job. Personally, I would not issue the license or participate in performing a ceremony for a gay couple on the basis of my belief. But I never took an oath that said I would. Once Ms. Davis took the oath and the paycheck, she was bound by the oath. She could have done and made a bigger and more effective statement if she had resigned and convinced clerks all over the country who believed as she did to resign also. Now how big a statement would that have been? Sure the counties would find other clerks to replace them but at least she would have really stood up for what she believed. To continue to accept a paycheck from the county and not do the job she was hired to do is dishonorable. Having worked for the federal government for almost ten years, I knew that there may be a time when I would have to defend my faith and stand on my convictions. My option was already settled for me. I would quit. Kim Davis decided that she would not quit because her voice would be silenced. But I submit that it would be much louder if she fought the cause from without. She stated that she loves her job and that she did a good job. If you love your job do your job, and if you can’t can do us all a favor, and quit.