The recent Supreme Court decision on gay marriage stated that gay couples have the same right to marry as heterosexual couples. Sounds clear enough. But the Texas Attorney General has announced that county clerks can refuse to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. He stated that the decision was flawed and lawless, and that even so, it did not overrule the First Amendment right to freedom of religion. "Justices of the peace and judges similarly retain religious freedoms and may claim that the government cannot force them to conduct same-sex wedding ceremonies over their religious objections."
He went on to say that the state will support those refusals including providing lawyers for the clerks who are sued. Sounds to me like Texas may go bankrupt paying for a lot of lawsuits.
What are your thoughts, not on gay marriage, but on the announcement that they can refuse to perform official government functions, such as issuing licenses, based on their personal religious beliefs, which have no place in government proceedings?
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If we should follow the logic of the Texas Attorney General, then soldier can refuse to bomb anyone they have a religious objections bombing. Or the police can refuse arresting they feel is not guilty of any crime according to there personal consciousness.
I'll say right to freedom of religion, means the right to personally and privately practise any religion you want, however as a employee of a company or the state, you need to follow the instructions of you boos at work or loose your job.
It's not the personal political or religious choice of a civil servant, that have to be practise towards citizens, but the states political choices. They do not represent themselves as private individuals, and if they are conscientious objectors to this, then they need to find another job more suited to their conscientious.0
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