Now that the nation’s highest court has declared homosexual “marriage” a constitutional right, the government must accommodate people of faith who refuse to participate.
Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina signed a bill into law that protects county magistrates and clerks who have religious objections to job functions related to homosexual “marriage.” All states should pursue the same exemptions.
Governor-elect Matt Bevin of Kentucky announced his plans to issue an executive order, no doubt with Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in mind.
“One thing I will take care of right away is we will remove the names of the county clerks from the marriage form,” he said.
Even if the effect is only symbolic, Christian clerks in Kentucky who oppose homosexual “marriage” won’t feel they’ve violated their faith and/or conscience by having their names on such documents.
After the U.S. Supreme Court redefined marriage, Davis asked the government to remove her name and title from marriage licenses. The government was not responsive. Davis refused to authorize or issue such licenses on religious grounds. A judge ordered her to issue the licenses, or go to jail. Davis refused, and the judge had her locked up. He later ordered her release.
An excerpt from Reuters:
It was unclear what effect his order would have on the case of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed for five days after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, making Kentucky a focal point in the debate over gay marriage in the United States. Davis, 50, met with Bevin the day she was released from jail.
“Gov. Elect Bevin’s impending executive order is a welcome relief for Kim Davis and should be for everyone who cherishes religious freedom,” Mat Staver said in a statement.
These are the times we live in now — a Christian goes to jail for refusing to condone what God calls an abomination. Christians must be vigilant and demand that lawmakers craft religious accommodations for government employees. Their “guaranteed” First Amendment protections obviously aren’t enough.