A strange plea from the bluegrass country

A county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky has capped her refusal to issue homosexual marriage licenses with a plea to the Supreme Court.  Kim Davis late this week filed an emergency petition asking the Supreme Court to put a hold on a lower-court ruling ordering her to begin issuing licenses to gays starting Monday.  Davis claims that signing such licenses would violate her religious principles.

All well and good – an action much in keeping with Kentucky’s ancient reputation for independence.  But...there’s one thing that might raise questions as to how serious this effort is.  And that is the fact that she filed the petition not with Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, or Antonin Scalia, or even one of the centrist justices, but with...Elena Kagan.

Now it goes without saying that Kagan, an Obama appointee, is one of the most liberal justices on the court.  But there are some further questions here as well.  Justice Kagan is the unmarried short-haired lady much given to flannel shirts, baggy jeans, and softball.

That all speaks for itself.  All we need to add is that if you were to select a Supreme Court justice guaranteed to reject such a petition out of hand, you couldn’t do better.

So what is going on in Kentucky?  An honest mistake, some kind of political theater, or an action from somebody who views the world a little differently from how most others do?  Impossible to say.  But one thing is for sure: the gay marriage saga just gets weirder by the minute.