Civil disobedience does not render the protester immune from prosecution. In most cases, the protestor does cooperate with authorities and submits to arrest.
This week, Kim Davis, duly elected county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, stood by her principles in not issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples (in fact, she later chose not to issue marriage licenses to anyone) based on her religious convictions. This is in conflict with the recent U.S. Supreme Court order which derailed the Defense of Marriage Act by legalizing same-sex marriage. Kim Davis was further ordered by U.S. District Judge David Bunning to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses. In disobeying the order, Kim Davis was held in contempt of court and was further ordered to remain in jail until she consented to comply with the order.
For those who support same-sex marriage, this case is a no-brainer. I have heard people argue that the Supreme Cout lays the law of the land and therefore there everyone should toe the line. They stand behind the Supreme Court as they demonize Kim Davis.
It's funny how people will heartily support Supreme Court decisions when it works in their favor while convenient ignoring and even disobeying the ones that they disagree with. For example, the recent Supreme Court decision stating that the Second Amendment was an individual right has not yet been complied with in the jurisdictions closest to the Supreme Court: Washington, DC and Maryland. But, I digress. It is interesting to see how this all plays out. Will Kim Davis become the Rosa Parks of same-sex marriage civil disobedience? Or will she ultimately cave in to obtain her release from prison? The drama continues.........