Sorry Fox News, a martyr she isn't. 

But that's how "The most trusted name in news" would have you view Kentucky county clerk turned inmate turned zealot-of-the-week Kim Davis.

In fact, the Rowan County clerk and her persecution complex-ridden apostles are a direct threat to the very Constitution Fox and its minions so readily use as a breast pocket fashion accessory.  

"It kind of seems like she was jailed for her beliefs," said the network's haircut-in-chief Sean Hannity Tuesday night, only hours after Davis began her post-lockup book tour with Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee. 

That's pure gibberish. Even Hannity knew it. So he hedged.

"There were other ways than sending her to jail," he said later.

Defeat hurts. Being wrong is tough. Knowingly going down in history as "those guys" has to sting. 

But the gay marriage debate is over. Done. Fin. No state can undermine the Equal Protection Clause. And more than 60 percent of Americans are OK with it, say numerous polls.  

But the Fox News fallacies keep on rolling thanks to Saint Davis and her righteous stand against the the most fundamental principles of the rule-of-law.

"For the first time in history, the Supreme Court has redefined marriage," they trumpet.  

Now, let's ignore the fact that nowhere in the nation's founding documents is "marriage" defined. Even if you believe that the recent Supreme Court decision somehow redefined marriage, arguing it's unprecedented is just plain dishonest.

Marriage in the U.S. -- a historically economic and political institution -- was radically altered in the 1840s, when women began gaining access to land ownership. From suffrage to the still-to-be-achieved income equality, the rise of the empowered, financially independent American woman has fundamentally shifted the marriage contract. A bread-winning husband isn't required anymore for social access. As a result, the gender roles, from house work to child care, are undergoing an overhaul.

Delve a little deeper into the not-so-distant past and pubescent girls were swapped for farm animals and neighborly alliances. How's that for tradition?

The fact is, marriage has always been an evolving institution for plebe and aristocrat alike. Davis's many marriages are a testament to that. Good for her. She's free to pursue her own happiness. That's called progress. 

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Davis wasn't locked up because of some "deeply held belief." Nor is her brief confinement an example of the mythical War on Christians who, in one form or another, constitute 71 percent of the total U.S. population, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.

She refused to uphold her oath of office. 

Davis is free to believe whatever she wants. But a pacifist government official wouldn't have the right to withhold wholly legal pistol permits. And Davis doesn't have the right to oppress others seeking an equally legal document.

Even 60 percent of Republicans think Davis should resign, according to a Huffington Post poll released Wednesday. This isn't a partisan issue.

She openly walked all over the Constitution while acting as an elected official. She's proven herself incapable of that often-annoying-but-necessary clinical disinterest required of a bureaucrat. She's a cut-rate George Wallace.

Davis is unfit for office, just another fly-by-night cause for rabble-rousing would-be presidents seeking media coverage. And she'll most assuredly make a penny or two off of it in the process.

The photo-ops with Cruz and Huckabee just might be the most intriguing part of this sad saga. Theirs is a firebrand politic that requires an often contrived attack on the "founding fathers" for legitimacy.

Davis is guilty of the very affront to the law that hard-line conservatives so regularly deride. And yet, they couldn't muster fast enough by her side. 

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Jon Alexander is opinion page editor at The Southern. He can be reached at jonathan.alexander@the southern.com.


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