Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General, is a big kid who lost the battle to stop marriage equality. Like the bully he is, he is now accusing gays of bullying clerks, justices of the peace and judges into giving out marriage certificates and marrying gays. Surely, there is room for tolerant and non-homophobic civil employees who are willing to perform this service. Think of the over-time rates! Just employ more of these good Texans.
The Loser Paxton
The head of the loser game in Texas, Ken Paxton, called the Supreme Court’s decision on Marriage Equality a “fabricated right” and a “lawless ruling.” I am sure his ancestors and members of the KKK had similar words when the Supreme Court ruled segregation in the southern states (1960s) as unconstitutional. There is a close link between intolerant people; many are homophobic and racist.
Religious Freedom vs Marriage Equality
A Storm in a Tea Cup by Tea Bagger Republicans.
Ken Paxton enforces the death penalty in the state of Texas. He has plenty of criminal acts of violence to keep him busy, but he is gung-ho fixated on gay marriage. He spent valuable time composing a six page document where he states that county clerks and their employees can refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if it is against their religious beliefs to do so.
Six Pages of Non-sense
He added that ‘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, when other authorized individuals have no objection, because it is not the least restrictive means of the government ensuring the ceremonies occur.’
He also warned that although clerks may face litigation or a fine for choosing to not issue licenses because of their religious beliefs, numerous lawyers are ready to assist clerks in defending their religious beliefs, in many cases on a pro-bono basis.
Look it’s Simple
Ken Paxton should require every town that issues licenses to print the names of bigots who will refuse to issue licenses or marry people.
At the same time, there should be a list of people that are willing to issue licenses or marry gays. No church will be affected because no gay/lesbian would want to force a church to marry them. There are churches that will marry them.
On the other hand, when do civil servants get the right to refuse to do their job – based on racism or homophobia or religion (say issuing marriages to Muslims).
Mississippi Goes the SANER Route
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has said that the Supreme Court ruling is not immediately effective in his state as it is still caught up in a legal order from an ongoing gay marriage lawsuit, CBS News reported.
Jim Hood is NOT standing in the way of gay marriages (like the idiot Ken Paxton.)
Hood clarified that the Office of the Attorney General is ‘certainly not standing in the way of the Supreme Court’s decision.’
‘When the 5th Circuit lifts the stay of Judge Reeves’ order, it will become effective in Mississippi and circuit clerks will be required to issue same-sex marriage licenses,’ he said in a statement on Friday.
Louisiana attorney general’s office has also announced that it found nothing stating the ruling must take effect immediately.
Religious Freedom: a dangerous precedent?
“Sorry, sergeant, I cannot enlist to fight. It’s my religious freedom in action.”
“Sorry, Mohammed, you do not accept Jesus as God, I cannot hire you on religious principles!”