Last week, the country was stunned when the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is now legal nationwide.
While liberals everywhere rejoiced at this news, some conservative states decided that they weren’t about to submit to this without a fight. According to Conservative Tribune, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has now declared that country clerks have the right to refuse to perform same-sex marriages if they have a religious objection to doing so.
This, of course, directly defies the Supreme Court’s ruling, which offered no protection to Christians whose religious convictions might force them to object to the practice.
While Paxton did warn the clerks that they may be sued for refusing to perform the marriages, he added that “numerous lawyers stand ready to assist clerks defending their religious beliefs.” Paxton made it clear that in many cases, these lawyers would defend them free of charge.
The Texas Attorney General also issued a statement slamming the decision as a whole, saying that it puts Christians in the difficult position of having to choose between following the law and following their faith.
“Friday, the United States Supreme Court again ignored the text and spirit of the Constitution to manufacture a right that simply does not exist,” Paxton commented. “In so doing, the court weakened itself and weakened the rule of law, but did nothing to weaken our resolve to protect religious liberty and return to democratic self-government in the face of judicial activists attempting to tell us how to live.”
He added that, “judges and justices of the peace have no mandatory duty to conduct any wedding ceremony,” only that they can’t refuse to do so based on race, religion, or national origin.
“The reach of the court’s opinion stops at the door of the First Amendment and our laws protecting religious liberty,” Paxton concluded. “Our religious liberties find protection in state and federal constitutions and statutes. While they are indisputably our first freedom, we should not let them be our last.”
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