What the what?!
Progress marched on in America Friday when same-sex marriage was legalized across the country, only nobody told Texas!
Attorney General Ken Paxton dropped a bomb Sunday with a statement claiming state workers can refuse same-sex marriage licenses if it goes against their religious beliefs.
Paxton said in his long, winding statement:
“(Judges and other state workers) may claim that the government cannot force them to conduct same-sex wedding ceremonies over their religious objections.”
He — a government official — went on to claim that there are lawyers to defend these workers once they are faced down with litigation or fines from the government
“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.”
Step one: The highest court in America issues a ruling. Step two: an elected government official tells state workers to disregard the court’s ruling. Step three: same elected government official informs state workers how to maneuver the legal system against the state.
Something seems… off… about that.
We weren’t the only ones who noticed! Texas state Senator ├óΓé¼ΓÇ╣Jose Rodriguez disagreed with Paxton, too:
“The Attorney General has crossed the line in advising local public officials, who are not his clients, that they are not bound by the U.S. Constitution. He has erred grievously in giving them unsolicited advice that may subject them to liability in both their individual and official capacity, and could result in their removal from office for failure to uphold the law.”
It doesn’t really matter what Paxton thinks, because the Supreme Court‘s ruling trumps him, anyways.
Progress marches on, and love WILL win!!!
[Image via AP.]