Texas AG Paxton: Religious objections can be used to deny marriage license to same-sex couples
LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas’ conservative Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton called the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a “lawless ruling” and said state workers can cite their religious objections in denying marriage licenses.
He warned in a statement Sunday that any clerk, justice of the peace or other administrator who declines to issue a license to a same-sex couple could face litigation or a fine.
But in the nonbinding legal opinion requested by Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Paxton says “numerous lawyers” stand ready to defend, free of charge, any public official refusing to grant one. SOURCE
My personal feeling is that the SCOTUS is attempting to legislate from the bench and that this is a move towards forced political correctness for all and done to appease the 3.5% of the Americans population that willfully admits that they are *different*. Yeah, different.
As always, feel free to comment as you see fit, your opinion matters, but if you come out on this blog or if you swear your everlasting affection to the SCOTUS for their decision in this matter, don’t think your position will go unchallenged. I have some highly opinionated and knowledgeable readers.