OK, let’s get a couple of things straight, while we may very well be a religious nation we certainly not a Christian nation; and before you get bent out of shape, I’m a practicing Roman Catholic. We are Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindu, and literally hundreds of other beliefs. We have civil laws in this country, not religious ones, which is why we can now get divorced, buy alcohol and work on Sunday, and freely worship (or not) in the faith we so choose. The Pilgrims you cite simply wanted to escape having to be forced to practice a belief that wasn’t theirs. Just as the same-sex couples in Kentucky simply wanted the right to marry whomever they loved, as did Kim Davis (four times).
Second, Kim Davis was not jailed for practicing her religion; she was jailed for attempting to force others to practice her religion. When Christians talk about “Freedom of Religion” they tend to forget that there are other non-Christian religions that are entitled to receive the same protections of faith to which they (as Christians) are entitled, and which don’t necessarily believe or practice the in same fashion as do Christians (hey, there are a hundred or Christian faiths which each have different belief structures and practices).
The fact of the matter is that Davis refused to follow a legal law that was declared Constitutional by the highest court in the land, the same court that allowed Whites and non-Whites to marry half a century or so previously. You allowing her to cite her faith to refuse to follow the law of the land begs the question; would a Muslim be allowed to refuse a driver’s license to a woman because they believe that women are not allowed to drive? Would a Mormon clerk be allowed to issue multiple marriage licenses to a man because that is part of their belief structure? Would a Hindu clerk be able to refuse to issue a restaurant license to an establishment that serves meat? A Jewish clerk to a restaurant that serves pork? Would a Pacifist be allowed to not issue a gun license because they don’t believe in violence? Would a Roman Catholic Judge be able to deny a divorce because they don’t believe in it? Would a Catholic clerk be able to deny a marriage license to a divorced person?
And on and on. In this country, we do not operate under religious laws, we operate under secular laws. You don’t have to like it, but that’s the way things work here. Still, if you wish to cite Biblical law, remember this: There are 10 Commandments, not one of them deals with same-sex relations. Jesus himself never once spoke about same-sex relations. You would think that if same-sex relations were as important to God as they are to some hardline Christians, it would have made the top 10 list. Also you don’t get to pick and choose which parts of the Bible you wish to enforce.
There are (as I understand) some 480 Mosaic Laws in Scripture, including how to dress, what to eat, how to act, etc. and yet Davis (and others) choose to pick same-sex relations as their lightning rod (again, this in spite of the fact that Jesus never spoke out about it). Finally, when asked which was the greatest Commandment, Jesus Himself said to love God with your whole heart, soul, and mind, and that the second greatest Commandment was just as important; to love your neighbor as yourself. He said that if we were to do these two things, all the laws of the Prophets would fall into line.
Kim Davis doesn’t give a Right Royal Leap into Long Island Sound about what God wants, she only cares about what she wants.