This writer had some important points to make I think. Her argument is basically that Kim Davis is a tool of the Liberty Council hate group, she's a distraction and we are better than this.
In one of my earlier threads, when Davis was being summoned by the Federal Judge, I expressed the belief that if she were jailed it would make her a martyr, exactly serving the goals of her backers. So in that sense I agree with this HuffPost opinion piece.
I thought a fine was the more likely outcome, the case having already progressed to a Court, too late to turn back the clock as this piece almost seems to want. But the Judge felt a fine would not resolve the issue of forcing her to issue same-sex marriage licenses. And like me, probably suspected her supporters with unlimited resources would not doubt pay them for her, making the imposition of a fine of little personal incentive or compulsion for her to obey the law.
But all that is past, the genie out of the bottle. Which I think this piece fails to adequately address. It's too late to play the "woulda-shoulda" game. And to just walk away from this fight will still give the homophobic Right a victory, perhaps a greater one, and remains a case to which they can refer for years to come.
The test may come this week (Sep 15) when Davis returns to her office. If she blocks her clerks, and/or punishes them for issuing licenses, this will go right back to the same Court. A double case of Contempt of Court may earn her a fixed sentence, of months or maybe a year.
A term of sentence that won't be contingent on her office complying with the law, but a set punishment for an egregious second personal defiance of the Court. The Right will still be railing, but they are already.