Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Texas clerks can deny marriage licenses.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) is telling county officials in that state that they can deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples if they have religious objections to doing so.

"Friday, the United States Supreme Court again ignored the text and spirit of the Constitution to manufacture a right that simply does not exist," he wrote in a statement. Several times, Paxton referred to the decision as "lawless," but the core of his argument was this: If a clerk (or judge or justice or employees thereof) has a religious objection to issuing a license to a same-sex marriage, he or she can decide not to do so.

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