Hey, we have an attorney general in Texas who is just one step ahead of the law. And by the law, I mean the damn police.
He’ll probably get indicted next month for violating the state security laws and he got caught stealing an expensive fountain pen.
But, holy smoked cow over the moon!, he has got himself some family values.
He has issued an attorney general’s opinion today that says county clerks who have religious beliefs don’t have to issue same-gender marriage licenses.
Now, he’s a sly little dude so he know that’s gonna get them sued, but he has a solution…
The clerks who balk at licensing gay marriage “may well face litigation and/or a fine,” Paxton warned.
“Importantly, the strength of any particular religious accommodation claim depends on the particular facts of each case,” he concluded.
“But,” he added in a press release, “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.”
He also said that judges and JPs who do not cotton to Adam marrying Steve instead of Eve did not have to perform the ceremony. He did not mention if they could refuse a black person, a muslim person, or anybody else. Just the gays.
Essentially, Paxton invited clerks, their employees and the judges and justices of the peace to defy the Supreme Court. But he didn’t promise they’ll win.
And then this sliceable of a man, who is going to prison for felony general slimeballness, ends by saying …
“Texas must speak with one voice against this lawlessness, and act on multiple levels to further protect religious liberties for all Texans …
Yeah, Paxton, let’s talk about lawlessness.
Thanks to Bubba for the heads up.