Anti-Defamation League: Step Aside If Religious Values Keep You From Doing Your Job


The Anti-Defamation League released a statement Thursday that argued public officials should step aside if their religious beliefs prevent them from performing their job’s duties.

Kim Davis, a Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, was found in contempt of court and put into federal custody Thursday.

The statement said that Davis’ religious beliefs shouldn’t be questioned or challenged, but that she should perform the duties assigned to her.

The bot­tom line is that she has no right, con­sti­tu­tional or oth­er­wise, to refuse to do the job the state of Ken­tucky pays her to do.

The statement continued:

If Ms. Davis or oth­ers feel that they can­not ful­fill the duties they were selected to per­form, they should step aside and allow oth­ers to serve the community.

Read the full statement.


Sara Jerde is a newswriter based in New York. Her bylines have appeared in The Star-Ledger, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Columbus Dispatch. She graduated from Ohio University. Send emails to and follow her @SaraJerde.