Kim Davis Case Analysis

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Upon Pope Francis’ visit to the United States this week, there has been verification that he met with Kim Davis (Yardley). Davis refused to grant a marriage license to a same-sex couple, despite the recent Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, and claimed that it was her religious right as a Christian to deny the license. Davis’ case has caused controversy in the media as the degree to which religious freedom should be taken into accord is in question. Pope Francis has yet to speak publically of the event; however, there has been speculation that he may support Davis on the principle of “conscious objection,” rather than homophobia. Conscious objection may be defined as a form of civil disobedience, or the disobedience of laws due to moral disagreement. It is unlikely that Francis met with Kim Davis on behalf of his views of homosexuality as he has indicated that he favors an accepting view of homosexuality and is famously quoted disclosing “who am I to judge?” (Hale). Pope Francis exemplifies the shift away from the functionalist perspective which views homosexuality as deviant, but towards a more…show more content…
Same-sex parents in the United States previously were discriminated against, as the right to parent children varied state to state. Until 2010, Florida State Law explicitly stated that same-sex parents would be prohibited to foster children (Leon-Guerrero 137). Besides basic right infringement of disallowing same-sex parents the right to a family, scientific evidence has also proven that children raised by same-sex couples have “little to no evidence [of being] disadvantaged in any important way in comparison with children of heterosexual parents,”

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