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Same-sex “Marriage”: Accept it or Resign!
TFP ^ | 9/21/2011 | John Horvat II

Posted on 09/27/2011 11:59:59 AM PDT by IbJensen

When the New York state legislature rammed through a law “legalizing” same-sex “marriage” this last summer, countless New Yorkers disagreed with the decision. Among them were Christian town clerks who could not in good conscience sign marriage licenses for a union they consider sinful.

Clauses were written in the law that supposedly protect clergy from being forced to act against their faith. However, such clauses do not apply to town clerks or any other government official.

Clerks are told point blank, either accept the law, or resign. Town clerk Rose Marie Belforti of Ledyard, New York found out the hard way. When the law passed, Belforti, a dairy owner and cheese maker, decided her Christian conscience would not allow her to sign same-sex “marriage” licenses. She did not deny them a license but merely asked that another official sign such licenses in her place. Since that other official is not always in, applicants are now asked to make an appointment.

When two applicants of the same sex did indeed ask for a license, the arrangement did not satisfy them. They were outraged by the inconvenience of making an appointment with the clerk’s substitute who now signs all licenses. The case has raised a tempest among the homosexual network nationwide. Indignant cries of religious bigotry and disregard for the law have been leveled against Rose Marie Belforti. Her dairy’s Facebook page now has abusive comments charging her with homophobia where once there were compliments about her bleu cheese.

In the sleepy town of less than 500 families, the local town clerk that normally issued ten licenses a year has been put in the national spotlight. Lawyers are threatening lawsuits against the unassuming dairy farmer. People for the American Way and the law firm Proskauer Rose are now co-representing the two applicants as they demand that Belforti either issue the marriage licenses against her conscience or resign. Online petitions are circulating asking that the clerk be dismissed.

Public officials can’t pick and choose the laws they want to follow,” cries an indignant Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way Foundation. “If a public official simply decides to shirk the obligations of her office, then she should resign and be replaced by someone who will do the job and carry out state law.”

Drew Courtney, a spokesman for People for the American Way points out: "She has a job to do. That job is to administer the paperwork and licenses of marriages in accordance with the state laws that govern it."

However, it seems the do-your-job-or-resign option only works one way. When it comes to the promotion of the homosexual cause, it appears officials can pick and choose which laws they want to defend. However, there is no indignation from offended liberals when these public officials refuse to do their job and carry out the law.

The most obvious case is the February decision of the Obama Administration’s decision that its Justice Department will no longer defend the constitutionality of Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) banning federal recognition of same-sex “marriage.” The House of Representatives was forced to assume the responsibility for defending the abandoned law signed by then-President Bill Clinton in 1996.

The constitutionality of laws is, of course, determined by the courts -- not by the executive branch. However, in this case favoring the homosexual agenda, it seems the public official can shirk the responsibility of the office and flatly refuse to defend the law of the land.

A second case in point is that of Proposition 8 in California. Voters across the state decided to amend the State Constitution and recognize marriage as between one man and one woman. Since the constitution is the law of the state, state officials are obliged to defend that law despite their personal opinions. However, when the amendment was challenged, then-California Attorney General Jerry Brown and then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to defend the amendment which is part of the State Constitution. Defenders of traditional marriage are now petitioning to ask if they can defend the disregarded rights of the majority that voted for Proposition 8.

In the case of Rose Marie Belforti, she has not refused to carry out the law or grant licenses. She merely delegated it to others. However, in the case of DOMA and Proposition 8, the elected executives have unilaterally decided not to uphold the present law. No one from People For the American Way is calling for these elected officials to resign.

There is a double standard here that must be addressed. Obviously the uproar in New York is not about the principle of law that is supposedly being transgressed. It is about an agenda that tramples upon the conscience of officeholders, disregards laws and constitutions and ignores the opinions of majorities. It is agenda that forces itself upon the nation and is definitely not part of the American Way.


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What a filthy, rotten condition is today's society where two men, or women may wed each other with the blessing of the state!

God is not pleased by evil.

1 posted on 09/27/2011 12:00:02 PM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

Can the Government constitutionally with legislation force a Christian to participate in sin?
The Constitution would seem to say no. Needs to be challenged in court


2 posted on 09/27/2011 12:04:54 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: IbJensen

Call this for what it is. A Christian “PURGE”!


3 posted on 09/27/2011 12:05:44 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: IbJensen

The gays have such tolerance for others. Here is another fine example.

Tolerance Blvd. is evidently a one way street.


4 posted on 09/27/2011 12:05:44 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: IbJensen
Public officials can’t pick and choose the laws they want to follow...If a public official simply decides to shirk the obligations of her office, then she should resign and be replaced by someone who will do the job and carry out state law.”

I wonder if this fluffer feels the same way about our govt and the border or whether FOLLOWING that law is racist and homophobic and all that fluffing BS.

5 posted on 09/27/2011 12:09:26 PM PDT by Dick Tater
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To: IbJensen
"Public officials can’t pick and choose the laws they want to follow,” cries an indignant Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way Foundation."

Hell, they do it every day !

6 posted on 09/27/2011 12:09:55 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: IbJensen
Clauses were written in the law that supposedly protect clergy from being forced to act against their faith. However, such clauses do not apply to town clerks or any other government official.

Let the Christian denominations appoint the clerks to honorary clergy positions.

7 posted on 09/27/2011 12:09:59 PM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: massgopguy

That’s the whole point behind “gay rights” - criminalizing Christianity.


8 posted on 09/27/2011 12:11:36 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: IbJensen
“If a public official simply decides to shirk the obligations of her office, then she should resign and be replaced by someone who will do the job and carry out state law.”

Does that include Obama and his DOJ team?

9 posted on 09/27/2011 12:12:08 PM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: IbJensen

Satan firmly has this country in his grip! If enough people would invoke the Living God to come against the Evil one, perhaps we could return to better times. But first we must repent and turn from our many sins and honor our majestic Creator! Without God there can be no America!


10 posted on 09/27/2011 12:13:38 PM PDT by Paperdoll (NO MORE RINOS NO MATTER WHAT!)
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To: IbJensen
Public officials can’t pick and choose the laws they want to follow,” cries an indignant Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way Foundation. “If a public official simply decides to shirk the obligations of her office, then she should resign and be replaced by someone who will do the job and carry out state law.”

I hereby call on Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way Foundation to publicly denounce Barack Obama for failing to faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, along with his willful failure to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, by refusing to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

After all, according to the theories of Michael Keegan, Obama should resign and be replaced by someone who will do the job and carry out the law.

What's that strange silence I hear?

11 posted on 09/27/2011 12:14:18 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Dick Tater

Or if you’re Obama and it’s DOMA or DODT.


12 posted on 09/27/2011 12:14:37 PM PDT by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: IbJensen

I would not sign them. And I would not resign. I’d make them fire me, then take my case public.


13 posted on 09/27/2011 12:14:44 PM PDT by Antoninus (Take the pledge: I will not vote for Mitt Romney under any circumstances. EVER.)
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To: massgopguy

A story the other day had them gong after Christian-owned businesses.

It’s like the mark of the beast.


14 posted on 09/27/2011 12:15:33 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Zeppo

Beat me.


15 posted on 09/27/2011 12:16:42 PM PDT by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: MrB

So if Rose puts on a Hijab and says she won’t sign the papers then what?


16 posted on 09/27/2011 12:17:54 PM PDT by Morgana ("Since using your shampoo my hair has come alive!" ----Medusa)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

“Can the Government constitutionally with legislation force a Christian to participate in sin?”

Where do you draw the line?

Would it be okay for a clerk to refuse to marry a person that is Jewish to person who is Christian? Would it be okay for a clerk to refuse to marry an interacial couple?


17 posted on 09/27/2011 12:18:33 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: IbJensen

Thanks a lot, Weprin.


18 posted on 09/27/2011 12:22:16 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I'm a heartless conservative because I love this country.)
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To: Morgana

I’m guessing the leftists would not say a word.
The whole point is to target Christians, and Muslims are on their side.


19 posted on 09/27/2011 12:22:39 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: IbJensen; All

Wouldn’t it be great if she were dismissed and subsequently put back in office by the people.


20 posted on 09/27/2011 12:24:21 PM PDT by davisfh
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To: IbJensen

Don’t like homosexual marriage? resign
Don’t like abortion or birth control? Resign
Don’t like handling pork?...uhhhh
Insist on wearing a head scarf?....uhhhh
Don’t like being in the same pool/gym/office as opposite sex?...uhhhh

I can’t wait to hear about the first muslim fired for refusing to perform homosexual marriage


21 posted on 09/27/2011 12:25:25 PM PDT by silverleaf (Common sense is not so common - Voltaire)
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To: IbJensen

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction.” Gal 6:7-8

Pretty simple, actually.

Colonel, USAFR


22 posted on 09/27/2011 12:31:31 PM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: IbJensen

I’m against same sex marriage, but I agree. If your conscience doesn’t allow you to do the job, the honorable thing to do is quit. The fact that Obama has decided not to enforce immigration laws doesn’t make it right for other officials to pick and choose what laws to follow.


23 posted on 09/27/2011 12:32:40 PM PDT by Hugin ("A man'll usually tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear it"--- Open Range)
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To: IbJensen

“Drew Courtney, a spokesman for People for the American Way points out: “She has a job to do.”

So if an officer told a subordinate to shoot innocent civilians then Drew Courtney would be ok with that?


24 posted on 09/27/2011 12:41:27 PM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: IbJensen

The Gaystapo knows no shame.


25 posted on 09/27/2011 12:42:37 PM PDT by fwdude ("When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve ...")
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To: trumandogz
Would it be okay for a clerk to refuse to marry a person that is Jewish to person who is Christian? Would it be okay for a clerk to refuse to marry an interacial couple?

Is it ok for the state to use its police power to force people to call it marriage when that is the one thing it most definitely is NOT?

This the same sort of dumbness that once almost gave us a legislated value of "pi". But enough people saw through that one.

26 posted on 09/27/2011 12:42:48 PM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: IbJensen

Homosexualists and statists, a match made in hell. She even made accomodations for someone else to sign the piece of paper saying the impossibilty is legit.

Freegards


27 posted on 09/27/2011 12:50:59 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: thulldud

“Is it ok for the state to use its police power to force people to call it marriage when that is the one thing it most definitely is NOT?”

I will call it “sodomite play-pretend marriage” even if they put me in front of a firing squad.

Mark Twain said that everyone complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

This is not weather, folks. Things can be done.


28 posted on 09/27/2011 12:53:28 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: trumandogz

“Would it be okay for a clerk to refuse to marry a person that is Jewish to person who is Christian? Would it be okay for a clerk to refuse to marry an interacial couple?”

You are equating a mental disorder characterized by a compulsion to engage in disgusting perversions with:
1. Religious conviction, and
2. Race.

Where would I draw the line? I don’t know exactly, but well before I got to that sort of lunatic idiocy.


29 posted on 09/27/2011 12:57:48 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: trumandogz

“Would it be okay for a clerk to refuse to marry a person that is Jewish to person who is Christian? Would it be okay for a clerk to refuse to marry an interacial couple?”

You are equating a mental disorder characterized by a compulsion to engage in disgusting perversions with:
1. Religious conviction, and
2. Race.

Where would I draw the line? I don’t know exactly, but well before I got to that sort of lunatic idiocy.


30 posted on 09/27/2011 12:58:08 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: trumandogz

Should we not “draw the line” somewhere?


31 posted on 09/27/2011 1:02:36 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: thulldud
Is it ok for the state to use its police power to force people to call it marriage when that is the one thing it most definitely is NOT?

Of course it's not "ok" that the state did this, but the fact is that the state has the legal (as opposed to the moral or ethical) power to do so, and it is the responsibility of town clerks to execute the laws as written.

Getting back to trumandogz's question - would you be OK with a Jewish town clerk refusing to sign certificates for a Jew marrying a non-Jew (since Judaism prohibits intermarriage)? How about a Catholic town clerk refusing to sign certificates where one or both of the applicants have been divorced?

Town clerks have limited (read: no) discretion in these matters for a reason - if you open the door to allowing public officials to shirk their duties under the law based on certain religious beliefs, how can you prevent other public officials from doing so with regards to other religious beliefs?

32 posted on 09/27/2011 1:02:55 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: IbJensen

Dear Ms Belfori, your situation stinks on ice and I’m sorry to hear of it.

Here’s a suggestion: put on a hajib and threaten to sue them all for religious persecution.


33 posted on 09/27/2011 1:11:39 PM PDT by lonevoice (The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers, impeach we much)
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To: MrB
Should we not “draw the line” somewhere?

Of course we should "draw the line" somewhere, and that somewhere should not allow perversions like same-sex "marriage." Unfortunately, the State of New York, acting through its elected officials, disagrees.

As to the town clerks, I believe that the proper place to "draw the line" is for the town clerks to execute the laws they are sworn to uphold. Allowing public officials to fail to execute the law because they disagree with it (no matter how much we agree with their disagreement with it) undermines the rule of law.

34 posted on 09/27/2011 1:16:39 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: MrB

Should we not “draw the line” somewhere?


There is a line?


35 posted on 09/27/2011 1:17:17 PM PDT by Leep
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To: dsc

The people of New York State will have to change the law. But, until then the clerks will be forced to comply with the law, just as they were forced to comply with the law prior to the legalization of gay marriage.


36 posted on 09/27/2011 1:20:26 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: IbJensen

It could take a civil war to, finally, end all of this ongoing and worsening “political correctness insanity”! The question is when, if ever?


37 posted on 09/27/2011 2:15:54 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: Conscience of a Conservative
...if you open the door to allowing public officials to shirk their duties under the law based on certain religious beliefs, how can you prevent other public officials from doing so with regards to other religious beliefs?

Somehow they have managed to do it. Public officials have been bending the rules in favor of what amounts to no less than a religious view of the all-powerful state, in despite of the law, for most of my life. Apparently it's not a problem when the religion of secularism is the one so favored. Of course, that religion teaches that what the state calls marriage, IS marriage, but all that is meant is a sort of semipermanent legal arrangement.

Hey, they can call it marriage if they want, but then the mystical union between a man and a woman which has both a long pedigree and is recognized all over the world, would have to be called something else. Propose that, and see how far it flies.

Your examples don't serve you well, because both Catholics and Jews are long contributors to the theory and practice of marriage, and they definitely both consider that it can only exist between a man and a woman. Your hypothetical town clerk might suspect that a marriage can't exist between this particular man and woman, but that has always been the job of the couple, their families, and their friends to sort out, and in the America I remember, that's exactly what would happen,and the town clerk would know it. Only way they could handle it, since neither Catholics nor Jews are so monolithically consistent that they all agree what is a barrier to a marriage.

38 posted on 09/27/2011 2:18:57 PM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: thulldud

The people of New York need to change the law.

This town clerk in New York has no more a right to refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, than a town clerk Texas has a act against Texas law and issue marriage licenses to gay couples.


39 posted on 09/27/2011 2:35:01 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: trumandogz
Where do you draw the line?

Would it be okay for a clerk to refuse to marry a person that is Jewish to person who is Christian? Would it be okay for a clerk to refuse to marry an interacial couple?

In a marriage license, if I'm not mistaken, there is no reference to any person's religion....therefore a clerk has no knowledge if she is signing off on a Jewish/Christian marriage or not. Besides that, even the strictest of religions see a homosexual "union" as MUCH worse than marrying outside one's faith. In any event, since no one in government has a right to know a person's religion...its immaterial to the clerk who cannot know that.

Except for perhaps the Arian Nations, NO recognized religion today understands cross-racial marriage as wrong. The bible and Church tradition are silent on that issue--condemnation of "miscegenation" as it was once called, was a pseudo-scientific theory, and a cultural practice, NOT religious (even if people tried to make it so).

A homosexual couple though is entirely obvious--and--has it's ethics fly in the face of 4,000 years of recorded ethics in the history in ALL cultures. Even the ancient Greeks, who fully accepted homosexual practice....never pretended homosexual unions were marriage.

To force someone to participate in something their ancient faith has ALWAYS condemned (and ALL forms of Christianity have--until liberal Protestants over the last 30 years became "smarter" than all that....) is a straight-up denial of religious freedom, plain and simple.

40 posted on 09/27/2011 3:56:31 PM PDT by AnalogReigns ((since reality is never digital...))
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To: AnalogReigns

What about the divorce example? Marriage applications in many states (including NY) ask for plenty of information about previous marriage/divorces. Should a town clerk who is Catholic (or another religion that does not believe in divorce/remarriage) be able to refuse to sign off on marriage licenses where one or both parties were previously married?


41 posted on 09/27/2011 4:09:27 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: trumandogz
The people of New York State will have to change the law. But, until then the clerks will be forced to comply with the law, just as they were forced to comply with the law prior to the legalization of gay marriage.

Religious freedom is constitutional--meaning it trumps all other laws. You cannot say, you MUST OBEY, until the law is changed--when it comes to longstanding religious conviction.

The government has always made reasonable accommodation to persons of faith--over long-standing religious convictions. For example, Mennonites during WWII were not FORCED to fight in the Army--since pacifist non-violence is a long standing essential to their religion. Many Mennonites and other pacifist Anabaptists DID serve in the military during WWII, but in non-combatant positions (Medics, in hospitals, food service, etc)--where they were not required to violate their conscience.

To try to CRUSH a woman's career, who, very discreetly, merely asked for appointments to get marriage licenses--in an office which only does 10 licenses a year, is very definitely the State running roughshod over freedom of conscience--on a VERY controversial issue.

This proves once again--as I've warned in FR forums over and over--homosexual rights and religious freedom are NOT compatible.

42 posted on 09/27/2011 4:20:07 PM PDT by AnalogReigns ((since reality is never digital...))
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To: IbJensen

Forceable tolerance. It’s a cousin to compulsory philanthropy.


43 posted on 09/27/2011 4:23:38 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: Conscience of a Conservative

License applications ask questions about marriage and divorce for purely legal reasons. The morality of divorce and remarriage (or even marriage—since civil-marriage is not recognized by some religions) is complicated, and its ethics therefore always been seen as the responsibility of the applicants.

Your example is imaginary though, as I’m unaware of any clerks refusing for religious reasons to sign off on legal papers about divorce and remarriage. I know of no Church authorities or religions that would require them to either.

However, signing off on something VERY OBVIOUS, that religious conviction says is always and everywhere highly immoral—an “abomination” using the biblical word, has an order of magnitude difference.... The State is crushing religious freedom when it requires people to approve of homosexual unions.


44 posted on 09/27/2011 4:32:00 PM PDT by AnalogReigns ((since reality is never digital...))
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To: AnalogReigns
The State is crushing religious freedom when it requires people to approve of homosexual unions. No, the State is merely requiring that State officials perform their functions in accordance with State law. In a nation of laws, there is no room for public officials to refuse to perform their duties because of their own personal beliefs, even deeply-held (and correct) religious beliefs.
45 posted on 09/27/2011 4:44:51 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: Conscience of a Conservative

So I take it you think during WWII pacifist Mennonites should of been required to be in the infantry like everyone else?

Again, religious freedom in the USA has always meant ACCOMMODATING sincerely held religious convictions. To force a public servant from her job, just because a bunch of sexual perverts want her to go is just not right.

She never refused a marriage license to a homosexual couple, only had another official sign them—a reasonable accommodation to the homosexuals AND her religious conviction.

I think you would have German concentration camp guards gas the prisoners—because, after all, it was done according to law—and officials are obligated to obey the law, right?


46 posted on 09/27/2011 9:45:40 PM PDT by AnalogReigns ((since reality is never digital...))
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To: Conscience of a Conservative

I take it also you support laws that force pharmacists—totally against conscience—to dispense birth control and the morning after pill—just because it was a legally passed law?

And Doctors, in a public hospital to perform abortions—when told to do so by law?

Not accommodating sincerely held religious beliefs—is well along the road to fascist totalitarianism....and is exactly what the statists demand—as the only true religion to them is the State itself.

Such is not a nation of laws, but of tyranny against conscience.


47 posted on 09/27/2011 9:53:08 PM PDT by AnalogReigns ((since reality is never digital...))
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To: IbJensen

placemark


48 posted on 09/27/2011 9:54:57 PM PDT by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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To: trumandogz

READ THE ARTICLE:

She never refused a marriage license to ANYONE. In this very small town—which issues TEN (10) marriage licenses a year. She only changed the policy to an appointment only schedule—to allow her to arrange for someone else—without her ethics...—to sign the license approving the perverted “marriage.”

It was a very reasonable accommodation of her religious conviction, given the circumstances. But of course for the sexual perverts, that’s not enough, until everyone cheers “IT’S RIGHT!!!!IT’S RIGHT!!!” congratulating them for their disgusting practices....they will never be satisfied. (Of course even then, they will not be satisfied...)

ANYONE WHO DISAGREES MUST THROWN OUT OF THEIR JOBS AND PUNISHED!!!!


49 posted on 09/27/2011 10:09:21 PM PDT by AnalogReigns ((since reality is never digital...))
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To: AnalogReigns

Again, the people need to change the law.

And while the law is what it currently is, she has to somehow accommodate all people who can legally marry.


50 posted on 09/27/2011 10:15:26 PM PDT by trumandogz
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