Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released a statement following the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage...and it's taken the internet by storm. Paxton claims that, based on the individual's religious beliefs, a county clerk should not feel obligated to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Do you believe that the Supreme Court made a "lawless" ruling, as Paxton does?
Should government employees be obligated to issue licenses to same-sex couples, even if it doesn't fall in line with their religious beliefs?
That's the question of the day.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the top law enforcement official in the state, certainly thinks they shouldn't be obligated to do so. He has given the green light for county clerks to cite religious objections in denying marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
Paxton released a statement in which he writes state workers can opt-out of the ruling and their religious beliefs will remain constitutionally protected.
Paxton is critical of the Supreme Court's ruling, calling it "lawless" and "flawed." He states the Court "weakened itself and weakened the rule of law." He also fervently believes in the right to religious liberty.
"Our religious liberties find protection in state and federal constitutions and statutes. While they are indisputably our first freedom, we should not let them be our last."
One step backwards or do you think Paxton has point?
Tell Jesse what you believe by sounding off in the comments section below.
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