So, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is throwing a tantrum because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that people who are gay and lesbian have the right to get married (“Conservatives resist ruling,” June 27). Abbott is even telling the clerk-recorders to not issue marriage licenses if it violates their “religious liberties.”
Gov. Abbott, the U.S. is a secular country, where laws are based on equality and fair treatment of all, not on religious beliefs.
Public employees, no matter what their religious beliefs might be, have a duty to follow the law, including issuing marriage licenses to those entitled to them. If the clerks are against gay marriage, fine, then they should not get married to someone of their own gender. But they are not violating their own religious liberties if they issue a license to a gay or lesbian couple or have someone else in the office do it. In fact, they are violating the couple’s beliefs if they refuse to issue the license.
Please, Gov. Abbott, stop using the excuse of “religious liberty” when what you really want to do is control people who are different from you. The Supreme Court helped make it a freer country, Governor; get used to it.