It appears the fine state of North Carolina has lost one of its most righteous judges. No, not in the woods, and not to the charms of a voodoo woman name-a Marie Dauxchamps. Nope, this one resigned because he refused ta a-marry the gays.
All right, maybe that’s being unfair. The real story is that Chief District Court Judge John Kallam Jr. turned in his resignation letter yesterday, because he refused to marry gay people. North Carolina is one of many states where gay marriage is no longer banned, and a memo sent out by the North Carolina Administrative Office made it very clear that a judge could not refuse to execute his duty to perform marriage based on personal beliefs.
In his resignation (slated to take effect on Halloween), Kallam stated that that marrying gays “would desecrate a holy institution established by God himself,” and that he could “no longer faithfully execute” his oath of office. Which, to be completely fair, isn’t ENTIRELY devoid of praiseworthiness. Give the guy this: He quit his job to stand on principle. Name a non-fictional lawyer who’s done the same.
However, to any others planning the same, this kind of has to be said in regard to marriage being a “holy institution established by God himself.” Actually, marriage wasn’t even a sacrament of the church, or even considered much of a church matter until the 1184 Council of Verona. During that council, Pope Lucius III made marriage a church sacrament not because it was “established by God,” but just to spite the Cathars.
The Cathars (who the Catholic church wiped out in one massive genocide) rejected marriage, because it encourage reproduction. And reproduction did nothing but trap another “angelic spirit” in the hated form of flesh. Which is kind of a nice sentiment. Least beats the Catholics’ doctrine of “breed as many church donors as possible, and beat them into slave labor.” Prior to Lucius action of spite against the Cathars in 1184, marriage was more or less what two (or more) people said it was.
Point is…marriage was only created as an institution in the church as an act of hate and fear by one group against another. And it seems that, after only 830 years, we’re just that little bit closer to erasing “holy,” “hate” and “fear” from “love.”
We’re going to lose a lot of righteous judges over this one.
Kallam’s resignation letter:
It is with deep regret that I must inform you of my intent to resign from my current position as Magistrate effective 31 October 2014. It is my intent to use my remaining administrative days for the remainder of this month. When I took my oath of office, I understood I would be required to perform weddings and have done so throughout my tenure. I did not however take that oath with any understanding that I would be required to marry same sex couples. It is my personal belief and a position of my Christian faith that doing so would desecrate a holy Institution established by God Himself. Since performing marriages is an integral part of being a Magistrate and in light of recent changes in North Carolina law. I can no longer fulfill my oath of office in good faith.
I will contact Mr Pegram’s office to insure all necessary paper work is completed and all items belonging to the State and/or county are completed and/or returned. I have enjoyed working with all the fine people at the Rockingham County Courthouse. I wish you all the best as you continue in your quest to administer justice in a fair and impartial manner. I am reminded of the last words of David who said, “He that rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God”. Where there is no “fear of God” there can be no justice!
John G. Kallam, Jr.