«(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 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 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.