First, let’s get Texas out of the way. In response to Friday’s glorious Supreme Court decision to make same-sex marriage legal across the land, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a statement telling state workers they can refuse to issue licenses based on their religious beliefs.
“County clerks and their employees retain religious freedoms that may allow accommodation of their religious objections to issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
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.”
However, Paxton also added that those who refused “may well face litigation and/or a fine,” and that many handy dandy lawyers would be around to help those who might need help defending their religious beliefs. Paxton asserted he’ll do everything he can to “be a public voice for those standing in defense of their rights,” (unless, of course, those rights are gay!). On the other hand, San Antonio attorney Neel Lane noted, “Issuing a marriage license is no different than issuing a hunting license, a fishing license or a driver’s license. It’s a basic function of governance, and you don’t have a right to withhold it based on the individual employee’s religious beliefs.”
It was inevitable that love’s win would ruffle some feathers, but instead of watching a strutting rooster’s desperate attempt to keep control of his territory, let’s focus on what truly joyous, inclusive celebration looks like. I guarantee it’ll make your week. This past Sunday during New York City’s Pride parade, Aaron Santis spent the day dancing, and trying to get police to join him. When he approached this unidentified officer, Santis said he “didn’t expect him to get into it as much as he did…It was such a fun moment. He was such a good sport and I’m so glad he decided to dance.”
Perhaps Santis should take a little road trip…