A Christian county clerk in Hood County, Texas has issued a statement saying she will refuse any same-sex couples that request a marriage license through her office. Why? She’s using one quote from Justice Kennedy’s decision to justify her stance.
The Blaze reports:
“The religious doctrines to which I adhere compel me to personally refrain from issuing same-sex marriage licenses,” Hood County clerk Katie Lang said this week in a statement on the county’s website.
Despite her personal opposition to same-sex unions, Lang said that other staff members will be available to issue gay marriage licenses.
“I am grateful that the First Amendment continues to protect the sincerely held religious beliefs of public servants like me,” Lang said. “That has not changed since last Friday.”
She continued, “As Justice Kennedy stated, ‘it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned.’”
This one simple quote from Justice Kennedy could hold the key to Christian activists wish to keep same-sex marriage out of America. But is it enough? Tell us what you think in the comments.