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Madonna’s gay brother defends jailed Kentucky county clerk

Madonna’s gay brother defends jailed Kentucky county clerk

Madonna’s brother Christopher Ciccone has spoken up to defend the Kentucky county clerk who declined to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples.

The 54-year-old artist and director, who is openly gay, wrote in a Facebook post that Kim Davis, currently being jailed for contempt of court, should be allowed not to issue the licenses, given her constitutional ‘religious freedom’.

‘The county clerk in [Kentucky] deserves about as much support as you would give her if she were a muslim [woman] who insisted on covering her face and refused not only gay marriages licenses, but divorce, accusations of rape and driving a car without [your] mans approval,’ Ciccone wrote.

He believed the civil servant had grounds not to follow the law, ‘when DOJ and other civil authorities don’t follow federal law when they choose not to, i.e. Washington State and Colorado (POT) come to mind…or the abstract notion of “sanctuary cities.” I always thought that sanctuary was the province of churches.’

He went on to criticize the gay community for feeling ‘the need to be sore winners. ‘Is it so difficult to allow this women her religion?…or must we destroy her in order for here to betray her faith.’

Ciccone started his career as Madonna’s assistant, dresser, stylist and artistic director.

He worked for her for 25 years but was cut off after publishing a tell-all book in 2008 about his time with her, in which he complained of being outed by his elder sister without consultation.

Ciccone’s Facebook comment in full:
The county clerk in Kentucy deserves about as much support as you would give her if she were a muslim women who insisted on covering her face and refused not only gay marriages licenses, but divorce, accusations of rape and driving a car without ur mans approval…..perspective is everything…..this woman is a civil servant, she is required to follow federal law…..but why should she….when DOJ and other civil authories don’t follow federal law when they choose not to…..i.e. Washington State and Colorado (POT) come to mind…or the abstract notion of “sanctuary cities”…..i always thought that sanctuary was the province of churches…….these things aside….this is why we have elections…..if the folks of this county in Kentucy don’t want her as the county clerk….then don’t have to vote for her…..that is how a democracy works….not to mention the courts….in the mean time…..since when are we the arbiter of other peoples faith?…….can you honestly say that you know how much a person is allowed to have??..if i’m not mistaken, it’s in the constitution…..something about religious freedom or something……selective shaming and bullying corrupts a democracy….freedom of press, speech and religion give it strength. Not to mention reason and the god given compassion we as humans have a right and responsibility to practice. Once again, the gay community feels the need to be sore winners. Is it so difficult to allow this women her religion?…or must we destroy her in order for here to betray her faith. No matter how we judge its truth. The rights we have all fought for, mean nothing, if we deny her hers.

H/T: The Hollywood Reporter