A leader with the Mormon Church has expressed distaste over the actions of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, saying she erred and acted irresponsibly in her “fight” against marriage equality.

Dallin Oaks of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke out against Davis, saying that protecting religious freedom requires more balance and civility than her obnoxious actions. Although the Mormon Church opposes same-sex marriage, they believe that the dialogue about the subject should be less adversarial.

Both sides should seek balance and “It will help if we are not led or unduly influenced by extreme voices that are heard from contending positions,” said Oaks. “There should be no adversaries between believers and non-believers, and there should be no belligerence between religion and government.”

Although Oaks believes that there should be no “wall between church and state,” it’s tough to fault him for having a level-head and striving for balanced civility between the two entities.

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He also hosts the weekly DeSmogCAST and serves as co-host for Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced