TEXAS AG: STATE WORKERS CAN DENY LICENSES TO GAY COUPLES

by BETSY BLANEY | ASSOCIATED PRESS  |  published on June 29, 2015

LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas’ conservative Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton called the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a “lawless ruling” and said state workers can cite their religious objections in denying marriage licenses.

He warned in a statement Sunday that any clerk, justice of the peace or other administrator who declines to issue a license to a same-sex couple could face litigation or a fine.

But in the nonbinding legal opinion requested by Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Paxton says “numerous lawyers” stand ready to defend, free of charge, any public official refusing to grant one.

  • elda

    Equal rights and equal justice. No more social justice. If they secede from the now defunct union they could be someone other states could join while shrugging off the cloak of socialism.

  • VirgoVince

    All well and good, but TX needs to do more about illegal aliens and terrorists and SEALING the border! DO IT, don’t just talk about it!!

  • KenRad

    Go, Texas. Succeed from the Union, and re-establish the Republic of Texas.

    • KentS

      They’ve got my support, moral or otherwise.

  • MeForever

    Texas, the Home of The Brave with the new sign tacked on their gates… Beware Of The Owner!! American Rights… Constitution.

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