TEXAS: Hate Group Denounces “Frivolous” Lawsuit Filed Against County Clerk

Via press release from Texas Values:

It has come to our attention that a same-sex ‘marriage’ license has been issued in Hood County, Texas. However, we are also aware of false reports that County Clerk Katie Lang “gives in” and did an “about face” and issued and signed the license herself. As seen in the attached link, Deputy County Clerk Kristi Jackson signed the same sex marriage license, not Katie Lang. Our view is that County Clerk Katie Lang has maintained her position regarding her sincerely held religious beliefs as she clearly stated last week, that other staff members in the clerk’s office would issue same sex marriage licenses, which is what happened today. Therefore, the lawsuit filed today by a homosexual couple is frivolous and is simply being maintained to punish Katie Lang for exercising her religious beliefs and to request money for lawyers.

Lang is being defended by the Plano-based Liberty Institute.

  • crewman

    “Therefore, the lawsuit filed [… is] to punish Katie Lang for exercising her religious beliefs […]”

    Punish her for her religious beliefs? No, she can believe what she wants. This is about her actions. Any punishment would be for the humiliation she caused these men, for denying their rights, for wasting their time, for treating them as unequal citizens, and for not doing her job as a government employee.

    • CB

      Exactly. As my wonderful lawyer says: You don’t get sued for having crazy thoughts. You get sued for doing crazy things.

      • HadenoughBS

        I have a “sincerely held religious belief” that Katie Lang and other county clerks hiding behind similar beliefs in order to deprive same-sex couples of their constitutional right to a marriage license are full of pure unadulterated Texas-size Christianist bullshit (which in these here parts is a LOT of cow patty-making material).

      • ted-

        A wise lawyer you have there. Ask him/her to offer some legal advice to numbnuts over in TX (among other stupid ass backward states).

        • David Walker

          Best advice: Don’t use “Liberty” “Institute” as your lawyers.

          • Herald

            or ADF

    • D. J.

      Sounds like Katie is getting a little worried about losing and not getting rich off of her martyrdom.
      Cottonelle didn’t fare as well as the pizza people and I imagine Sweet Cakes is still waiting on Franklin’s check.

      • David Walker

        And then waiting for it to clear.

      • teedofftaxpayer

        Sweetcakes will probably never see that check. Franklin pocketed the money.

    • MBear

      there is no integrity among the religious

    • Rocco Gibraltar

      And K.D. Lang should sue the piss out of her for ruining her good name.

    • crewman

      If I’m not mistaken, I believe her oath of office is this:
      “I, _________________, do solemnly swear (or affirm), that I will faithfully execute the duties of the office of
      _____________________ of the State of Texas, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this State, so help me God.”
      –http://www.txcourts.gov/media/981332/2013-dcm-post-to-web.pdf

      • HadenoughBS

        It would seem Ms. Lang thinks she added to her oath-taking “unless I have a sincerely held religious belief to performing any of what I just swore (or affirmed) I would do”.

      • Steve

        Notably absent is anything about swearing to preserve, protect and defend the bible.

      • teedofftaxpayer

        That’s pretty much it and the same one I took when I was working for the County office in Nevada. Just change Texas with Nevada and you have it. And please note: there is no mentioned of the following the Bible anywhere in that.

    • ted-

      Thank you. Couldn’t have put it better.

    • IamM

      Yeah. If she sees to it that gay people get served by her office with the same speed and professionalism as anyone else, then no one cares whether she personally signs their license.

      She’s being sued for wasting their time & money with her delaying tactics and for her disrespect and harassment of the couple.

  • oikos

    Not a same sex marriage license, just a marriage license. Better get used to it, lie-berty ‘institute’.

    • Treg Brown

      WooHoo! Pubie Jeebus is back!

      • Rocketeer500

        Pubes, blah. Here’s what it looks like……

        • oikos

          Damn Jesus, is that a crucifix in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

          • canoebum

            Clearly, his mission was to bring joy to the world.

          • McSwagg

            I think you misspelled ’emission’. No need to thank me for the clarification.

    • MarkOH

      Exactly. It’s no longer “marriage” but MARRIAGE.

      • McSwagg

        I think we should call it TEXAS MARRIAGE in this case, just to drive the point home.

    • Hue-Man

      Canada’s “Civil Marriage Act” came into force 10 years ago this month, July 20, 2005. Section 2 doesn’t refer to same-sex marriage: “2. Marriage, for civil purposes, is the lawful union of two persons to the exclusion of all others.”

      • oikos

        Exactly how it should be-gender neutral.

      • HadenoughBS

        And the whole world knows that Canada has since turned into a real Sodom and Gomorrah – what with dogs and cats now marrying each other and men lying down with sheep (oh, wait, that one’s old news) – for this transgression against the Word of Gawd (Praise Jeebus).

    • Herald

      100,000 up votes for lie-berty ‘institute’. Thanks, I am so going to use that.

  • barracks9

    The Pious Slattern. How terribly typical.

    • DonnaLee

      BTW I haven’t mentioned it before, but great new icon for you dear.

      • barracks9

        Thanks!

  • Bluto

    Let’s deny this filthy bitch her civil rights & see how frivolous she thinks it is.

    • oikos

      I vote for the rack. Does anyone second the motion? We’re voting on her rights.

      http://www.redstate.com/uploads/2015/04/rack.jpg

      • Rocketeer500

        Aye.

      • D. J.

        How about an iron maiden?

        • oikos

          Ooh , I like that too. Maybe she could start with the rack and then move onto the Iron maiden.

        • TheManicMechanic

          Hells yeah. I’m all about Iron Maiden.

          https://youtu.be/jsmcDLDw9iw

      • William

        Dunking chair.

        • oikos

          Trial by water, one of the best.

    • lattebud

      Throw her in the well with no trial and see if she floats

  • Mark

    Let’s see – she’s wearing makeup, guessing that hair color had help and adorning her body with jewelry. Harlot.

  • Baltimatt

    She clearly stated her religious beliefs last week? ” I am instilling my religious liberty in this office.” Seriously?

    • IamM

      That won’t look good in court.

    • D. J.

      Did she use “anointing oil” from Creflo Dollar or “holy water” from Binny Hinn?

  • jessi

    where’s K.D. Lang?

    • Robincho

      THANK you…

    • Hue-Man

      She goes by: k.d. lang (all lower case)

      • jessi

        that I never realized.

  • Reality.Bites

    Your ex-wife is still a lesbian and nothing will change that.

    • oikos

      Hopefully she and her partner will apply for a marriage license.

      • Reality.Bites

        This is not something I’ve ever said about a woman before, but I actually hope they become married porn stars. I’m thinking a plot where one turns to women because her husband’s penis is just too small to satisfy her.

        • Rocketeer500

          It’s all about the snap-on.

      • William

        I hope they send an invitation to Mr. Saenz.

  • JT

    Excuse me? The lawsuit is frivolous because it’s against someone who didn’t do her job? Nice reasoning, there, dimwit. “Oh, your honor, I’m not to blame because, even though I didn’t do my job at the proper time, I got someone else to do it after the fact.”

    • McSwagg

      “Frivolous lawsuit” is red meat to the teaturds of Texas. Governor Abbott was crippled when a tree fell over on him while out for his morning jog in River Oaks, a very wealthy neighborhood in Houston, Texas. He sued and won millions. He then ran and was elected to the state legislature, where he changed the tort laws so that no one else could receive the size of payout that he did.

  • lymis

    As always, half-truths designed to misinform.

    First, the couple WAS denied a license completely – multiple times, even after the SCOTUS ruling. Subsequently, the office has done the “some people will work with gays, but others get to choose not to, and still get their government paycheck” game.

    So it’s not frivolous. They were inappropriately denied the license, and even being turned away and being able to come back at a later time is a violation of their civil liberties and a violation of the SCOTUS ruling. And the clerk is still declaring that she (and others) get to pick an choose which citizens they are willing to serve.

    Both strike me (not a lawyer) as actionable and litigable. It may be (and be seen as) moot, since they were finally able to get their license, but they have every right to take it up with the courts.

    This “we get to turn you away, demean you, violate your civil rights, and treat you like second class citizens, but if we eventually find someone who will, later, serve you, it’s all good” is going to be the next wave of lawsuits.

    This is no different from “sure, we serve black people in our restaurant, but only in the special section with the wait staff who are willing to deal with you, so go get in that special line over there until one of those tables opens up, while I seat the white people behind you right away.” The excuse of “but you eventually got served doesn’t address the actual issue.

    • GayOldLady

      Excellent analogy, lymis.

    • William

      Calling the cops on people who are requesting a license, as allowed under law, is an abuse of office.

      • lymis

        Y’think? That alone justifies legal action.

        • Beagle

          They got the license. Might limit the money damages they’ll get. Still, Katie Lang used her government job to impose her own personal religious test on couples that want to marry.

    • gaymex

      I still remember restaurants where the “whites” came in the front door to the white section and the “coloreds” used the back door. If a “white” came with a “colored” you could only use the back door. My friend became a very successful physician and went back and bought the restaurant, demolished it, planted a few trees and left. I guess he or his family still pay taxes…don’t know.

  • Cosmo Tupper

    Well I am sure then that County Clerk Katie Lang judges and looks down upon County Clerk Kristi Jackson, who blasphemed Ms. Lang’s god by signing the same sex marriage license.

    • Chucktech

      “I’m too gawdly to issue a gawdless marriage licence to gawdless homos like you. See that slutty lookin’ clerk over there? She don’t go to church or pray in Jeezy’s name, maybe SHE’LL do it for you, you hellbound sodomites! And, you just have yerself a blessed day…”

  • bkmn

    Civil marriage has no relationship to religion. Someone needs to sue the jeebus out of these morons.

    • MBear

      sue them back to the bronze age

      • John T

        They would feel right at home there.

  • j.martindale

    Your “sincerely held religious beliefs” are superstitious pretexts for discrimination. And your “position” is bullshit. And public employees do not have the right to decide which citizens they will serve or won’t serve. And our “marriage” is every bit as good as yours, bitch.

  • Lakeview Bob

    Oh our evil homo lobby and agenda. When will we stop persecuting these good people! (Oh, and that is a snark for those who don’t get it)

  • tomfromthenews

    Was there humiliation involved? Wasted time? Were they made to feel “less than”? Were these actionable? I’d like to hear more of the story, because if the couple was issued the license at the office, I don’t see how they could sue.

    Believe me, I’m on their side, but I wonder how successful a lawsuit could be knowing only these details.

    • William

      Bitch called the cops on the couple, who were there to conduct business with the county clerk.

    • Hue-Man

      Potential landlord tells you he doesn’t rent to dirty [pick your protected racial minority] then phones up the next day and says he’s changed his mind. You dirty XXXX can have the apartment!

      Do you think you could sue in this situation? Hasn’t the pain and suffering and humiliation already occurred?

      I admire people who make these kinds of complaints because they are doing what the other 100 or 1,000 people didn’t do – stand up and complain. Without them, there would never be any advancement of non-discrimination rules and of being treated equally.

    • noni

      She kicked the gay couple out of her office just for asking for a marriage license. She then called the Sheriff and seven deputies showed up. She said she couldn’t issue a license because she didn’t have the new form and it would take 3 weeks. The attorney for the couple provided the clerk with a state sanctioned copy of the new marriage form. She still refused. Then 1 hour after the lawsuit was filed the following Monday she had her deputy clerk hand write a marriage license and sign it.

      So she humiliated the couple for asking for a marriage license, she called law enforcement to kick them out of her office and then she decided to sign a marriage license for them only after they filed a lawsuit. She lied about the forms taking 3 weeks.

      How much more obstruction and humiliation do you need to know about?

      • tomfromthenews

        Hey, that’s plenty! But none of those details were in Joe’s post, so I didn’t know any of that. Hell yes, they should sue!

        Thanks for filling me in.

      • MBear

        “facts” are of Satan and do not matter to the religious

    • gaymex

      Tomfromthenews..are you serious? You wouldn’t have been humiliated by the treatment this cow was dishing out?

      • tomfromthenews

        The details were not in the above post, so how was I supposed to know? Thanks to noni below for spelling out what really happened. Yes, they should sue and they should win!

    • lymis
      • tomfromthenews

        Thank you for the link with the story and video.

  • 2patricius2

    I misread this line: “Plano-based Liberty Institute.” I thought it read piano based Liberty Institute (as in the keyboard instrument).

    • David Milley

      They _are_ playing the same old tune …

      • jomicur

        And they’re in dire need of a piano tuner.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          Beats a broken record.

      • lymis

        And their F key is getting a lot of use.

  • joe ho

    it’s time religious america got this straight once and for all.

    scotus has ruled many times that freedom of religion is not absolute.

    religious belief is, not religious practice.

    otherwise polygamy, human sacrifice and vampirism would have to be allowed.

    it won’t be hard for the state to show why it has a valid interest in not letting anti-gay clerks humiliate lgbts. same with florists and bakers.

    • Chucktech

      You left out peyote. You can’t use peyote for religious purposes, even though using it may actually cause you to see something that might be construed as a god of some shape or form.

      • gaymex

        Who knows? It may now have to be allowed, given their other arguments for religious freedom.

      • GC

        Peyote and land sacred to Native Americans are what initially inspired the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

    • lymis

      They actually have far MORE justification in requiring government employees to treat every citizen equally, regardless of what settles out about bakers and florists.

      When on duty, agents of the state simply don’t have the same full range of options as private citizens do, whatever that range may be.

      A clerk has no more right to refuse a gay citizen than a cop does.

  • LovesIrony

    frivolous? fuck you you frivolous twerp

  • Jan Wesselius

    I would say that the county should review her in job performance. She had to have someone fill in for her is not a good performance.

    • Chucktech

      Remember, this is Texas, and if someone has to fill in for you in your job while you do jesus stuff, it’s perfectly fine.

      • RoFaWh

        I hope those who are called upon to fill in for country clerks demand “acting pay” for doing work properly the job of someone better paid.

  • jomicur

    Enforcing the law of the land is frivolous, says a Christian legal group. The legal equivalent of “creation scientists.”

  • noni

    As the official Clerk, Katie Lang authorized the signing of the same sex marriage license, so God knows she is a whore for Satan and is going to hell for not defending the Bible.

    Why does Clerk Katie Lang hate God and the Bible and the USA?

    Why does Clerk Katie Lang continue her wicked and sinful behavior in the Clerk’s office and authorize what God has deemed to be against the Bible?

    Katie Lang has fallen for Satan’s evil ways and she will go straight to hell.

  • Katie! I know you’re sore about all the lesbian country singer jokes, but a CIVIL CONTRACT is NOT against your “sincerely held beliefs!”

  • lymis

    Does the Plano Institute have any better track record than most of these wingnut legal groups?

    • Ed Burrow

      Plano *based* Liberty Institute…
      in other words, No.

  • J̶a̶l̶a̶p̶e̶ñJoe Smithson

    This is the Aqua-net addict big hair bitch I mentioned yesterday who changed her mind about her religious convictions so fast once the lawsuit was filed that she almost set her hair on fire from the friction of her girdle rubbing between her thighs.

    If the lawsuit is so “frivolous” why did she resist in the first place? To quote another coiffed airhead, Sarah almost VP and withdrawal method Governor, Sue Baby, Sue!

    Don’t even get me started on her name “Katie Lang” because I can’t even. https://youtu.be/P_NpxTWbovE

  • Ninja0980

    Katie Lang is allowed to have any religious belief she wants.
    She does NOT have the right to use those beliefs to refuse to do her GOVERNMENT job.

  • Tor

    So what if you had to drink from a separate fountain? You got your water, didn’t you?

    • J̶a̶l̶a̶p̶e̶ñJoe Smithson

      and you got subordinated by the straight religious status quo and affirmed your second class citizen rung in the Jesus Caste System

  • Sean Taylor

    Pretty sure this hag was in violation of her oath, which likely says something like, “…I will uphold the constitution of the United States…” Which kind of means she’s fucked..

  • Paul
  • TomF.

    That photo of Lang suggests that she’d like everyone to think she’s much younger than she really is.

  • Steve

    I wonder if this nutcase is going to harass her deputy clerk for agreeing to sign the license. After all, the deputy clerk is clearly going to hell.

  • Blake Jordan

    Has the… ever provided a marriage license to a couple in which one or both of the applicants have been divorced?
    That automatically flushes her “sincerely held religious beliefs” argument down the toilet!!!

  • Queequeg

    Here’s what Katie Lang (not to be confused with K. D. Lang) really should say “I’m lazy so I will use my religious beliefs to avoid the work for which I’m being paid by the taxpayers”.

    • She’s not lazy, just filled to the rim with hate towards LGBT folks.

  • I’m going to laugh when the definition of Values, Faith, Family, Patriotism, etc. are updated and all these assholes find themselves defined, literally, as hate groups by their names.

  • Towa Tei

    Just how far do Criner’s “religious convictions” go? Since the Bible condemns the following, she shouldn’t be providing marriage licenses to: those who’ve had premarital sex, have been previously married or committed adultery. Is she giving marriage licenses to jews, non-christians, agnostics, etc… since those aren’t recognized by her God? Perhaps she can put up a chart in her office outlining those that her “religious convictions” won’t allow her to serve and those she will. That will be very helpful to the rest of us.

    District Clerk: Molly Criner – Office Phone- (325) 835-2421

    • D. J.

      We really should request the entire litmus test list for obtaining a marriage license from “her” office. She does appear to think that office is her personal property.

  • KQCA

    News flash, former-clerk Lang, America favors equality for all. “America: love it or leave it.”

  • Sporkfighter

    . . .

  • canoebum

    Apparently, Texas Values don’t include the foundational principles of the United States of America: equality under law, liberty, freedom of expression, freedom of association, pursuit of happiness. Why did they ask to join our country if they weren’t in agreement with its values?

    • Stev84

      A big reason for Texas leaving Mexico was that Mexico abolished slavery and the English-speaking farmers/ranchers wanted to keep their slaves. Repeat again with the American Civil War.

  • Lee Grupsmith

    Again with the “scare quotes”. She refused to do her job. She should be removed from the position and prosecuted for obstruction.

    A thought just occurred to me. What happens when someone’s “religious freedom” collides with someone else’s whose happen to be different if not diametrically opposed?

  • Geezus Christ

    Maintaining a legal claim to discrimination is NOT ‘frivolous,’
    as they will soon discover.

  • Xuuths

    Being christianist, you have to presume everything “liberty counsel” says is a lie. In this case, the evidence is clear that they are lying.

  • For the life of me I just can not wrap my head around how these “refusals” believe that doing their job is violating their religion.

    So, bake the damned cake, arrange the flowers and process those marriage licenses!

  • sword

    Ms Lang: simply stay home and collect your pay…according to the Bybull, women are supposed to stay home. The county will obviously keep paying you as it is your ‘religious’ right.

  • teedofftaxpayer

    Well she should have done the license the FIRST TIME!

  • JCF

    “to punish Katie Lang”

    Yes. In lieu of FIRING her, which is what needs to happen.