RELIGIOUS FREEDOM & PUBLIC SERVICE
The U.S. Supreme Court has now ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry and that states must license a marriage between two people of the same sex. Citing her religious beliefs, Texas State, county clerk Katie Lang, initially said her office would not grant same-sex marriage licenses citing freedom of religion. What Lang, the Pope, and any other humans stuck in an Elizabethan time capsule need is not a good chastising, but rather a good education.
SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE
Jefferson wrote, “…legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.”
And this is where Katie Lang and others believing that they can use religion as a grounds for refusing public services, are dead wrong. She has misunderstood the US constitution in believing that her religious beliefs give her the right to deny, or interrupt services that she, as an agent of the US government, offers. In simpler terms, her job is to carry out the laws of the US government. It is now a law to provide gay couples with a marriage certificate. If Katie Lang, because of her religious beliefs, fails to do her job, and interferes with this couples due process, she fails as an agent of the US government to do her job.
This is fine, but she needs to resign her position, as her beliefs are interfering with her ability to carry out the law, and serve the people who pay her salary.
My opinion: If you refuse to do your job, because you do not like the agreements in place at your workplace, you are working at the wrong place. Possibly Donald Trump is hiring?
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