Ken Paxton: Texas County officials protected for ‘opting out’ of gay marriages
In spite of the recent celebrations across the country after the ruling came down last Thursday that made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, locally the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had stated that the recent SCOTUS ruling handed down Thursday stopped at the First Amendment right of religious liberties. This meant that county clerks justices of the peace and other judges kept their religious freedoms under this amendment to decline services based on religious objection.
All one had to research was Obergefell v. Hodges, but this as dangerous because it violated the civil liberties outlined in the 14th Amendment. This, in turn, opened the door to the basic witch hunt against Christians to have gotten worse. Some would have faced litigation and fines for not having served same sex-couples. Local lawyers were ready to handle such cases pro Bono, according to the noon news on KFDX News Channel 3.
The most horrific thing that some others were concerned about, also according to the above news channel was that the previous ruling made last week also opened the door to other types of marriages like that of polygamy, being married to more than one wife or polyandry, a woman who was married to two husbands at the same time. The ironic thing about last week’s ruling was that 65% of those polled said that Justices of the Peace should’ve been allowed to decline officiating at homosexual weddings.
By the time this injunction was issued, no same sex couples had come forward wanting to be married before the midday broadcast. In places like Turkey, police had to break up a Gay Pride Parade using tear gas because it was during the holy month of Ramadan. Last month, on May 13, the Gambian president threatened to slit the throats of homosexual couples in his country if he found them.
Even though the Bible didn’t actually define marriage as being between man and woman, that had been the custom from the beginning of time. Society made its choice last week.
7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
8 Then he told them,“Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” (NIV)
The lid on the can of worms had been knocked off center. The era of marriage between man and woman was now to include gay couples also. As predicted, this writer knew that the passing of this law would incur other challenges to the law and the constitution. It would’ve been interesting to have seen this decision overturned. This blogger would’ve preferred letting the states decide this issue rather than putting it before the court.