After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled homosexuals have the right to marry in all 50 states, Texas Gov. Greg Abbot (R) opened the door for religiously-conflicted clerks to ignore the statute by not issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
Abbott said in part, "No Texan is required to act contrary to religious beliefs regarding marriage." I fully support Abbot's sentiments on faith, but denounce his encouragement of law breaking.
However, there's a simple solution, governor, for someone who can't perform their job duties: Offer that person the choice to take a new position or resign. And those options should apply not only to clerks, but to Texas cabinet members, legislators and Gov. Abbot himself. Unless he wants to be known as today's George Wallace, ignoring federal law by denying citizens their rights.
Separation of church and state is an important part of our government. When religious belief is removed from the gay marriage debate, what's left? The law, as upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. By all means, Gov. Abbott, and Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, hold tightly to your religious beliefs ... while enforcing the laws of the land, as you've sworn to do -- even ones you don't agree with!
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