Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton takes a stand against SCOTUS gay marriage ruling saying “Texans must act on multiple levels to further protect religious liberties for all Texans.”
Paxton responded to the “newly invented federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage” created by the “activist” U.S. Supreme Court by telling Texas officials that “Texas must speak with one voice against this lawlessness.”
Paxton issued an opinion and said Texans must “act on multiple levels to further protect religious liberties for all Texans” and must “immediately do anything we can to help our County Clerks and public officials who now are forced with defending their religious beliefs against the Court’s ruling,” Breitbart reported.
In a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stated that “the United States Supreme Court again ignored the text and spirit of the Constitution to manufacture a right that simply does not exist.”
The Texas AG said he was issuing an AG opinion on how to respond to the SCOTUS decision because “Now hundreds of Texas public officials are seeking guidance on how to implement what amounts to a lawless decision by an activist Court while adhering both to their respective faiths and their responsibility to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution.”
The Texas Attorney General opinion includes “we find that although it fabricated a new constitutional right in 2015, the Supreme Court did not diminish, overrule, or call into question the First Amendment rights to free exercise of religion that formed the first freedom in the Bill of Rights in 1791.”
Governor Abbott Signs Pastor Protection Act Into Law:
Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 2065 (Estes, R-Wichita Falls; Sanford, R-McKinney), the Pastor Protection Act, which protects religious organizations and individuals from performing marriage ceremonies that violate sincerely-held religious beliefs.
Governor Abbott hosted the signing ceremony at the Texas Governor’s Mansion and was joined by members of the legislature who were instrumental in the passage of this legislation, as well as members from the clergy across Texas.
“Freedom of religion is the most sacred of our rights and our freedom to worship is secured by the Constitution,” said Governor Abbott. “Religious leaders in the State of Texas must be absolutely secure in the knowledge that religious freedom is beyond the reach of government or coercion by the courts. Today I am proud to sign into law SB 2065 – the Pastor Protection Act – to ensure that clergy in Texas cannot be forced to violate their religious beliefs.”
Read the full story at Breitbart
Photo courtesy of Google