Wednesday, 01 July 2015 16:59

ACLU Responds To The Invocation Of Religious Belief Of Texas Attorney General And Texas Governor On The Issue Of Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

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The other day we were talking about Jolie and Karen, who had encountered difficulties when trying to get their marriage license, fortunately it ended well because they finally got it, but it's still sad to have to file a complain to push people to do their job.

Hopefully this won't happen to you wishing to marry in Texas even if Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton officially said Sunday in a statement that the state workers could refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses, based on their religious belief.

«(Judges and other state workers) may claim that the government cannot force them to conduct same-sex wedding ceremonies over their religious objections,» Paxton said in the statement.

And while this will result in prosecution, Paxton said that lawyers were ready to defend them.

«Numerous lawyers stand ready to assist clerks defending their religious beliefs, in many cases on a pro-bono basis, and I will do everything I can from this office to be a public voice for those standing in defense of their rights,» Paxton said.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott also agreed. He wroteHe wrote that «no Texan is required by the Supreme Court's decision to act contrary to his or her religious beliefs regarding marriage.»

As always, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas is ready to defend our rights and Rebecca Robertson immediately saidRebecca Robertson immediately said:

«Religious liberty is a fundamental right protected by the First Amendment, but that doesn't mean that government officials can use their personal religious beliefs to avoid following the law regarding marriage.

«Government officials who take an oath to uphold the law are required to treat all Texans equally, regardless of who they are or whom they love,» she said.

These reactions from Texas are not a surprise, we knew it would be more difficult in conservative states.

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