Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has declared state employees can refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples if doing so violates their deeply held moral or religious beliefs.
Human Rights Campaign, America's largest homosexual advocacy organization, told CBS they are calling for "full and comprehensive nondiscrimination protections"---"All marriage bans must fall."
Hillary has recently been advocating, "Religious beliefs have to be changed."
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore told the congregation at Kimberly Church of God last Sunday, "Welcome to the new world. It's just changed for you Christians. You are going to be persecuted according to the US Supreme Court dissents."
Texas A/G Paxton says, "Justices of the peace and judges similarly retain religious freedoms, and may claim that the government cannot force them to conduct same-sex wedding ceremonies over their religious objections, when other authorized individuals have no objection, because it is not the least restrictive means of the government ensuring the ceremonies occur."
However, he said, state employees who refuse to issue licenses to gay couples may face legal action.
If this happens, he says, "numerous lawyers stand ready to assist clerks defending their religious beliefs, in many cases on a pro-bono basis."
The AG also promises, "I will do everything I can from this office to be a public voice for those standing in defense of their rights."
Earlier this month, the North Carolina legislature overturned a governor's veto on Senate Bill 2, which allowed state magistrates to refuse to perform gay "weddings."
In part, SB 2 said, "Every magistrate has the right to recuse from performing all lawful marriages under this Chapter based upon sincerely held religious objection."
It also says, "Every assistant register of deeds and deputy register of deeds has the right to recuse from issuing all lawful licenses under this Chapter based on any sincerely held religious objection."
In Louisiana, Governor Bobby Jindal and other elected officials have temporarily suspended issuing marriage licenses in their effort to find a path to protecting the rights of biblical Christians and conservatives who do not believe in same-sex marriage.
Chad Griffin, President of Human Rights Campaign, the largest homosexual advocacy organization in America, told CBS's "Face The Nation" last Sunday, "As you look at the battles, we have got to bring full and comprehensive nondiscrimination protections to everyone living in every state in this country, and that's the next battle in Congress."
He called Gov. Jindal's actions in Louisiana "a political game," vowing to suppress all these kinds of actions.
Griffin said, "While this [the Court's decision on marriage] was a monumental leap forward in this country, we still have a long way to go"---"The work is not done."
He told CBS, "When folks get to know us, they have evolved," because we are just like them.
Neither he nor the complicit press seem to understand Christians do not dislike gays---we reject the sexual behavior they have chosen because the Bible teaches us to do so. While they are free to live as they choose, we strongly resist their efforts to rewrite morality, redefine marriage and reorder the culture.
While Griffin was appearing on CBS, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was in the pulpit Sunday morning.
Chief Justice Moore asked the Kimberly Church of God congregation, "Is there such a thing as morality any more?"
He told those gathered for worship, "Welcome to the new world. It has just changed for you Christians. You are going to be persecuted according to the US Supreme Court dissents."
Judge Moore, himself a committed Christian, quoting both Justice Scalia and Samuel Adams. said this:
“God did not give all power to Caesar. He gave them limited power – ‘the powers that be are ordained by God,’ it says in Romans, the thirteenth chapter. The government of the United States is not the only authority, as recognized by Justice Thomas in his writings."
“Where did we get our morality? Is there such a thing as morality anymore? Sodomy for centuries was declared to be against the laws of nature and nature's God. And now if you say that in public, and I guess I am, am I violating somebody's civil rights? Have we elevated morality to immorality? Do we call good, bad? What are Christians to do? Where do we go? Are we exiles in our own country, as it said in a recent article?"
“What are you going to do? Where does your religious liberty come from? You think government gave us our religious liberty? You think that comes from government? If you do, you don’t understand what Samuel Adams was saying.”
This is a time in history when citizens must know well what our Founders, and others like Samuel Adams said.
We must also be aware and informed of the current public narrative.
Most importantly, we must be crystal clear as to what God has said, and is saying. His Word will not change or evolve, and it will not go away.
Persecution, they say, is coming.
The words of Martin Luther standing before the court come to my mind. Perhaps he spoke for all of us at this trying time:
"Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me."