TEXAS: State Senate Approves Bill Allowing Judges And Elected Officials To Refuse Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

The Associated Press reports:

Legislators in the nation’s largest conservative state of Texas sought Tuesday to chip away at the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage, voting to let county judges and other elected officials recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses if they have personal religious objections.

The bill won preliminary approval in the Senate 21-10, with full Republican support and all but one Democrat opposing it. A final vote, expected to come Wednesday, sends it to the state House. exas’ Republican-controlled Legislature only meets every two years, meaning state lawmakers weren’t able to respond to the high court’s June 2015 gay marriage decision until now. Should the bill become law, however, it will almost certainly be challenged as unconstitutional by federal lawsuits.

“If we don’t do this, we are discriminating against people of faith,” said the sponsor, Sen. Brian Birdwell, a Republican from Granbury about 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth. He was referring to clerks, judges, justices of the peace and other elected officials empowered to issue marriage licenses in Texas’ 254 counties.

Birdwell is also the author of a Texas resolution which calls for a national convention of the states to amend the US Constitution. He is a regular speaker for debunked “historian” David Barton’s Wallbuilders evangelical group and was a state co-chair for Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign.

  • MountainBoy

    God, these assholes are becoming tedious.

    • Tawreos

      Becoming?

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    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Tell me about it.
      Take me to your mountain.

    • Richard, another Canuck

      We’ll see more of these proposed laws now that SCOTUS is back having a 5-4 conservative lean.

      • Todd20036

        Well, that’s always been the case. Kennedy helped write in marriage equality.

        There’s a bigger issue though. States don’t get to negate SCOTUS decisions they don’t like.

        • Ninja0980

          They can certainly try though.

        • Vista-Cruiser

          If enough of them agree, states can actually amend the US Constitution. And Republicans do have this goal in mind.

          • (((GC)))

            Indeed. We’re only a few state legislatures away from Rethuglicans being able to unilaterally call a constitutional convention and rewrite the Constitution wholesale.

    • kcken

      No outrage though over re-marrying a lying whore like trump.

  • Michael R

    Can’t they do something constructive ?
    Anything ?

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      They think they are

  • thrunch

    Ok, in the same bill … are they allowing State Regulatory Officials to refuse to grant liquor licenses if it is against their sincerely held religious beliefs?

    • John

      Bingo! These people are so full of sh*t. I lived above a liquor store in my college days in okie-homo. Sunday, immediately following church, the place was packed with the ‘faithful’ fundies.

    • lymis

      Or allowing people who are supposed to issue hunting and fishing licenses to deny them if they have a strongly held religious view about animal rights?

      To allow civil clerks to refuse to issue marriage licenses to divorced people who are remarrying?

      To require the permission of a father or brother for an adult woman to get a marriage license? Or to kick her out of the office if her head isn’t covered?

      To fail a restaurant on a heath inspection because they don’t keep kosher or halal?

      To refuse service to a woman who isn’t dressed “modestly” by whatever rules the clerk’s religion holds?

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        How many divorced members of the TX Congress receive health insurance and spousal benefits for their (current) wives. Seems to me like there ought to be a lawsuit.

    • McSwagg

      No need. That law is already on the books.
      https://www.tabc.state.tx.us/images/wetdry.gif

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    No jobs need creating or potholes fixin. Just save those feti and bash those gays. Praise the lard!

  • Oh’behr

    Jesus, you can take the Christianists at any time. Hint, hint. Today at any time sounds good to me. Just don’t cause other people to die while you’re rapturing them up. Industrial and freeway accidents, nuclear plant meltdowns, etc.

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    Methinks Joe’s being hit again today. -_-

  • Boreal

    ““If we don’t do this, we are discriminating against people of faith,”

    If you do it you are discriminating against me and I’m not as fucking dumb as people of ‘faith.’

    • John

      I concur! Thank you for saying it!

    • clay

      and if they do it, they’re still discriminating against (some) people of faith (and a lot more) on the basis of faith, so fuck them three ways from Sunday.

    • Uncle Mark

      How come ONLY ELECTED folks are given the freedom to express/impose their religious morality at their jobs. What about the rest of us? Why aren’t we the people permitted that same freedom too? Why can’t pharmacists working for any corporation, supersede the policy of their corporations to deny “sinners” the purchase of birth control, or dispensing medications for STDs. Why can’t a Jewish waiter refuse to serve pork to diners? Why can’t a cashier refuse to ring up one of those “dirty” movies frowned upon by Million Moms? Can they sue there bosses for being fired because of their exercising their “religious freedoms” over others?

  • Kelly Lape

    The idea that using religion to discriminate won’t bite them in the ass is hubris. Bigotry is bigotry I’m sure Jebus would approve of their hate.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    “If we don’t do this, we are discriminating against people of faith,”

    Yeah it must really suck they cant kick us in the face for jesus, anytime they want.

    Poor Oppressed fuckers

    • ZRAinSWVA

      And they’re so tone deaf they can’t even hear the dissonance.

      I am perfectly fine with people aligning their lives with their faith. But when the application of ones faith imposes on the civil rights of others, a line must be drawn.

      • Steverino

        Bingo.

    • CottonBlimp

      George Wallace said the same fucking bullshit in his Segregation Now speech: integration was taking away their religious freedom.

      I can’t imagine even a child being as self-involved and lacking in empathy as so many of the adults in this country.

  • Boreal
    • j.martindale

      Not sure I can agree with the first part. If something is against their religion but part of their job, that is just tough. Do your job or quit.

      • Boreal

        Agreed. I believe the meme is talking about their own personal choices in living their lives, not their jobs.

  • KCMC

    [Sen. Brian Birdwell, a Republican from Granbury about 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth]
    “She came from Fort Worth, but Fort Worth couldn’t hold her…” -Kathy Mattea.

  • JaniceInToronto

    And the hits just keep on comin’.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Where do they think this is going to go? Gorsuch just replaces Scalia, who was already there during Windsor and Obergefell.

  • John Ruff

    I wanna know the name of the asshole Democrat that voted in favor of the fucking bill.

  • CJakes ™

    These fucking J-freaks are paid by those they are discriminating against! So can our brothers and sisters in TexAss not pay their taxes? Their job is not for a Christian run business, it is a government appointed job.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    OT – Why does a Secretary of Education need $8 million worth of security?

    http://www.politicususa.com/2017/04/10/betsy-devos-8-million-dept-education-security.html

    • Jon Doh

      Because spending your money and life destroying our education system really pisses some people off.

    • Bluto

      cuz someone blocked her path entering a school & that was interpreted as death threats from all the mean, murderous liburls.
      & perhaps she wanted to increase the size of her posse to look more intimidating & important.

    • clay
      • BobSF_94117

        I assume it was functioning properly.

        • clay

          It wasn’t even six months old.

    • charemor

      If she is so fucking wealthy, let her pay for her own security. And EPA chairman Scott Pruitt has also requested 24/7 security.

  • Rex

    Since when is expecting a person to do the job they were hired to do discriminating against their faith?
    If their faith is in conflict with doing their job, then they should quit their job.

    • David Walker

      It’s sorta like buying a house beside a farm and then trying to sue the farmer because the smell of cow shit is wafting over to your house. And this happens.

  • kcken

    If you want to take public money, you need to work for the public. These people aren’t being paid by their “religion”. Do your job or fucking quit. PERIOD.

    • Buford

      It’s simpler than that… if your CHOICE to be religious conflicts with your other CHOICE of how you want to earn a living, YOU are the one who must reconcile that conflict. WE are not obligated to accommodate your inability to make logical choices.

  • Paula

    Thank you legislators!!! You pulled the senate funding bill for retired teachers health insurance yesterday. It looks the entire system for those under 65 is going to go away. We will all be uninsured. But, you worked on this instead. It’s so nice to know where your priorities are.
    Motherfuckers!
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    • KCMC
      • Paula

        Thank you, I appreciate it. This is going to kill anyone that retired before 65. I think that may be part of this. They want teachers to stay longer. That means the teachers that start teaching right of college have to work for 42 or 43 years, in the classroom. 😱😱. I hope they pull their heads out of jeebus’s ass long enough to fix this.

        • McSwagg

          Except the districts all want to hire inexpensive, unqualified “Teach for America” types and kick out the expensive, highly-qualified, experienced teachers just to save money. Then they complain that education standards are not what they used to be.

    • Frostbite

      It’s ok, their deity will keep them all healthy, unless it doesn’t and then it’s punishment for their sins, or a trial, or “deity’s will” or some other bullshit excuse.

  • Rex

    You wouldn’t want to waste your time fixing the real problems in the State.

  • The_Wretched

    “people of faith” have to do their jobs like any one else when they work for the government. EVEN MORE SO than for private jobs as the government must be for all of the people and when the government is discriminating, it’s bad.

  • romanhans

    > “If we don’t do this, we are discriminating against people of faith,”
    > said the sponsor, Sen. Brian Birdwell….

    Whereas someone with a brain would say you’re telling YOUR EMPLOYEES what to do.

  • safari

    Then these judges and elected officials cannot be trusted to execute their duty of office in a fair and unbiased manner and signs declaring such should be prominently posted.

  • Rex

    When Texas succeeds from the Union they can do any damn thing they want. Until then, you’re a part of the USA and must follow the rules. That goes for North Carolina as well.

  • friedpikmin

    Will people who do not support interracial couples due to “sincerely held religious beliefs” also have the right to refuse licenses to these couples?

    • Ross

      Yep.

      And people who think that slavery is OK (“It’s in the Bible!) will also have the right to own slaves.

      And parents who think that stoning their children to death for swearing (“It’s in the Bible!) will also have the right to do so.

      And on an on and on.

      Golly, what a wonderful world it will be! Praise JESUS!

      • Lars Littlefield

        90 minutes from New York to Paris. It’s in the bible.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Really ? Is it just the parents who can stone the brats, or can anyone do it ?
        -Asking for friend

  • Ross

    I thought we had a separation between church and state.

    I must have been wrong.

    Silly me.

    • KCMC

      Thee only wall which begs to be built/restored.

  • Tawreos

    Please tell me there is a muslim clerk in Texas that doesn’t think that women who are not covered properly should be getting married.

    • Blake J Butler

      Or work at the DMV and think they shouldn’t be allowed to renew their drivers license or to get one.

      • Paula

        If this happened to me, I would probably be arrested that day.

    • M Jackson

      There’s probably a christian clerk who feels that way. I sincerely hope what goes around comes around.

      • -M-

        These people never consider that other Christians aren’t just carbon copies of their own prejudices. While in reality there’s some who object to women not covering their heads and some who object to bigots.

    • Silver Badger

      Is this going to make it really hard for divorced people to remarry in Texas?

      • Bill Reyno

        Incidentally, there is no limit to the number of times you can remarry in Texas.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Or women driving in general.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Oh for fuck sake, just secede already!

  • FAEN

    Oh come on, this is Jim Crow all over again. Blatantly unconstitutional.

  • JohnJay

    Texit. Please already. Just go.

  • GOP: Laws are passé… lawsuits are the way to go! You can only get gay married if you can afford to sue the government.

  • TexasBoy

    And yet, they take over 20 years to finish I-10 east of Houston.

    • Stogiebear

      I-35E between Dallas and Denton has been under construction my entire lifetime…

  • Lars Littlefield

    I’m beginning to suspect we have no recourse but to shoot them.

    • The_Wretched

      I’m not on board with violence but there’s a rather long swath of history (all of it) where capture of a government by a corrupt minority ends with revolts (in fire, usually with beheadings or equivalent).

  • Professor Barnhardt

    OT: Trump taps lawyer involved with Trump U case for federal job
    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/4e4eaba253164b9e88c8f67de504d4d8/trump-taps-lawyer-involved-trump-u-case-federal-job

    By MICHAEL BIESECKER and GARY FINEOUT
    Apr. 11, 2017 9:29 PM EDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As a top aide to Florida’s attorney general, Carlos G. Muniz helped defend the office’s decision to sit out legal action against Trump University. Now the president is naming him to be the top lawyer in the U.S. Education Department.

    President Donald Trump has announced his intent to nominate Muniz to serve as general counsel to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The Senate would then consider the nomination of the Republican lawyer.

  • Blake J Butler

    TMZ catches Paul Ryan vacationing at Universal theme park while avoiding town halls.

    http://shareblue.com/tmz-catches-paul-ryan-vacationing-at-universal-theme-park-while-avoiding-town-halls-at-home/

  • Tawreos

    There should be a federal law that if a state passes a law that is found to be unconstitutional then the lawmaker that put forth the law has to pay for all court costs and any fines or lawyer fees out of their own pocket. DO that and this shit will stop in a heartbeat.

    • Beagle

      Federal law prohibits denying anyone a civil right under color of state law. And the Supremes have long held that marriage is a basic civil right.
      Nothing about holding a state officeholder personally liable for any costs, though.

    • -M-

      Yes. No ‘sovereign immunity’ for violating the oath of office by passing laws that are obviously unconstitutional and discriminatory.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    The Borg’s IT decisions and policies all come from TX.

    Private sector seems to be pretty much as fucked up as the legislature.

  • Jerry Hinnant

    Maybe they should have consulted Roy Moore in Alabama first and she how it helped his career!

  • TexasBoy

    Dear sky fairy,

    Please rapture these idiots immediately so the rest of us can live in peace.

  • HZ81

    See you in court, you backward fuck-tards.

  • Joe

    So THIS is the only sin their petty god can’t forgive?

    • TexasBoy

      Well, obviously their God likes incest, I mean, Abraham and his sister Sara, Lot and his daughters, Amram and Auntie Jochebed, Cain and Eve.

  • Superman

    Perhaps people of faith should recuse themselves from running for public office or accepting employment with municipal or county or state government serving the public instead. The eventual lawsuit challenging such discrimination against the gay community should definitely pose the question of whether sincere religious belief is grounds for refusing to process heterosexual divorce paperwork, alcoholic beverage licensing, fire inspections on bars and dance halls etc? Or do religious objections only exist to the solitary “sin” of homosexual status. Will a county clerk still process a marriage license application for a 4 times divorced whore with out of wedlock children or men with sex offender status? Of course, we in the gay community have the Obergefell decision, which should properly raise a constitutional issue with the new Texas law. But we also have a new Supreme Court Justice who fancies himself a constitutional originalist, so how an eventual Supreme Ct. decision might look is speculative. Conservatives are begging for a carve out, like VP Mike Pence’s Indiana religious freedom law, allowing almost universal protection for acts done consistent with a religious conscience. Maybe we should begin to accept the premise that so called Christians of faith are actively legislating the right to tell us to our faces, “I’m sorry, but I can’t help you, my religion won’t permit me to process your marriage application…” Its this whole Kim Davis, county clerk, mess all over again, only this time they want to take it all the way to the Supreme Court. And I don’t hear the NCAA or the Super Bowl committee warning Texas in the way they did North Carolina.

    • Citing one’s personal religious beliefs as a public official as support for not doing the job is arguably a violation of the Establishment Clause.

    • MBear

      People of faith have no business in government or government held positions.

    • Adam King

      People of faith should go fuck themselves.

  • lymis

    What the courts have to do is make a distinction between requiring a clerk to engage in activities that violate their faith, and expecting a clerk to do their job when it allows someone else to do something that doesn’t involve the clerk but the clerk disapproves of.

    Requiring a government employee to eat in the cafeteria if they keep kosher or don’t eat meat during Lent would be an example of the first.

    But issuing a marriage license doesn’t involve marrying, much less having sex with, a person of the same sex. The job the clerk is expected to do is things like checking ID, typing up forms, asking legal questions, and entering data into computers. If those things violate their religion, they should get a different job. If they are allowed to do it for some people, then it’s manifestly not against their religion to do it, and so they have an obligation to do it equally.

    Even officiating at a civil service – where the government employee is involved in the ceremony, does not involve taking any religious action, or participating in anything that the couple does outside the legal proceedings of the ceremony.

  • another_steve

    I’m thinking that the strategy here is for the Texas law to eventually work its way to the US Supreme Court, by which time (the theofascists hope) the Sexual Predator-in-Chief will have replaced a pro-marriage equality justice with an Antonin Scalia clone.

    It’s a long-shot, that plan — but I bet that’s what we’re seeing here.

    • The_Wretched

      Long term, not long shot. The Becket Fund for Religious Hegemony and the ADL have a multi-year legal strategy and buckets of christian dominionist oligarch funds to pay for it. Gorsuch is already hip deep in giving them everything they want and contrary to history, decency, and precedent.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    So were they waiting to do this as soon as Gorsuck got his seat ?

    • David Walker

      Probably, considering North Carolina’s trying to get into the act, too.

    • They only meet every other year — this is the first chance they’ve had.

  • PeteLI

    Republicans are doomed.

    • joe ho

      Not as long as Democrats have a far-left that engages in self-destructive protest voting. 2000. 2016.

    • Adam King

      Trouble is they’ll do all they can to drag the rest of us along.

    • Vista-Cruiser

      I only wish.

  • andrew

    The bigoted motivations of the Texas State Senate are clear for all to see. They haven’t permitted judges and other elected officials to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to divorced people, who are seeking to marry again and according to Jesus, live in adultery.

  • Matt

    I don’t understand what people find so fascinating about moving to/living in Texas. It literally sounds almost as bad as Oklahoma. It’s like the stupid keep reproducing there and negating the smarter ones who move in from elsewhere believing it’s somehow “progressive.” I couldn’t even do Austin. It’s still in Texas and that’s bad enough.

    • MBear

      I think theyre more proud of their belligerent ignorance in texass

      • Adam King

        It’s all they got, and all they ever had.

    • Lars Littlefield

      About Austin: Been there. Seen it. Done it. Highly overrated. And anyone from Austin, or Texas in general, who ranks it as progressive and cutting edge like San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, or Chicago and as a great place to live is lying. The giant crickets that invade the city upon which everyone has to walk in August/September, the grackle shit-covered sidewalks, the menace of meningitis threatening anyone who dips a toe in Town Lake, the hoards of homeless and the fraternity shit heads who prey upon them, the heat and humidity — sorry. It’s all highly overrated as a cool place.

      • canoebum

        And the worst of all? The Texas Legislature is there.

    • Adam King

      I blame the invention of air-conditioning. Without it the hellhole is a hellhole.

  • JustDucky

    They have lots of practice with this kind of bullshit. They’ve been doing it to Roe v Wade for years.

    State and local elections matter. If we want to keep our rights, we have to vote the bastards out.

  • TexasBoy

    Here that sound, Texas? It is the sound of businesses not coming to your state.

  • TexasBoy

    So, why isn’t incest legal in Texas? I mean, it is God approved…Abraham and his sister Sara, Lot and his daughters, Amram and Auntie Jochebed, Cain and Eve.

    • Terry

      To be honest

      Lot and his daughters: The Bible doesn’t exactly approve or condemn it, just records it. They thought they were the only women left after their city burned

      Cain and Eve is speculation but Genesis 5:4 did say Adam and Eve had more sons and daughters so it could be that they did in fact have incestuous relations with their sisters to populate the species, just a thought

      Abraham and Sarah–he told King Abimelech (or Alimelech the names are crazy sometimes) she was his sister becuase Sarah was blindingly beautiful, I’m not sure if it shows up anywhere in Genesis
      Just some clarification because sometimes there are details we overlook…especially when it comes to Eve and her 2 sons–that one makes the rounds a lot

      • clay

        Sarah was Abraham’s half-sister, as well.

  • Terry

    Those are them “Texas Values” we have a bunch of stuff wrong with out state but let’s make sure people can flout the law becuase…gays!

    • Adam King

      And…Hispanics! And…libruls! And…wimmins! And…Moozlims! Just so much hatred to express, and a day’s so short.

  • Lazycrockett

    Weird things on the site again? retry for live version?

    • PickyPecker

      damned Rooskies.

    • Hue-Man

      I’m afraid to leave this page – at least Disqus continues to work (which I don’t understand).

    • Ben in Oakland

      I downloaded Firefox and use that now for my web browsing, especially JMG. Virtually no problems at all.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    OT- One of my fundy farmers on another site :

    ” My old boss used to say that mustaches were bumpers for high speed rooster suckers. ”

    LOL

  • Mike C

    Don’t they have, you know, actual governing to do?

  • jm2

    they really believe that Gorsuch is going to be their saviour and deliver the answer to their fears on a silver platter! what exactly are their ‘fears?’ I’ve never really understood…

    • canoebum

      “Loss of White Evangelical Christian Privilege”.

      • KnownDonorDad

        Loss of easy scapegoats.

  • bkmn

    Our friends at ACLU can use any help we can provide fighting off these asshats.

    aclu.org

  • TexasBoy

    And Texas begrudgingly freed their last slaves 2 ½ years after the emancipation proclamation.

  • Gaymurcan

    Lawful husband and I wish “people of faith” would STFU and cease interfering in the civil rights of citizens.

  • Hue-Man
    • edrex

      ha. “mistakes on a plane.”

  • Lazycrockett
  • Lazycrockett
    • ZRAinSWVA

      Ouch. Though it’s right in line with the direction tRump and his cabinet are taking us. “Oligarchs are us….”

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • Adam King

      Because the reason they became law-enforcement officers in the first place was so they could commit hate crimes with impunity.

  • Lazycrockett
    • KnownDonorDad

      We sure dodged a bullet…we almost had a president who used a private email server.

      • Treant

        And had a vag. Don’t forget the icky vag.

    • clay

      Not surprised. Her under-secretary in charge of that has already quit the federal government. Her under-secretary in charge of investigating for-profit higher-ed is Falwell, jr., president of a(n investigated for-profit school of higher-ed).

    • joe ho

      Yet another win for the Green Party and the Bernie or Busters!

    • Bad Tom

      “What would a dick do.”

    • Talisman

      After reading that article, I feel fairly lucky. Edfinancial manages my student loan, and they have done a fairly good job of doing so. In fact, since they took over management, I’ve noticed a sharp decrease in the principal. Before that, with 11 years of payments, I seemed to be making no headway. There’s no way I could have had that much deferred interest, which is what was always said whenever I tried to figure it out.

  • Xuuths

    Texas legislators need to pay attention in high school better (Hint: you are bound by SCOTUS decisions):

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4976a67c37c107556d1a3cbc679f856803b5a569f117e425a847e723e63e989a.jpg

    • Adam King

      The peabrained Texan Republican Christian pigpeople are too fucking stupid to read and understand the plain words of the Constitution.

    • Jim Gallagher-Barker

      You mean it’s not the (Straight, xTian, White) Supremacy Clause?

      • Todd20036

        Not yet….

  • Xuuths

    Texas, please secede.

  • Sissy Spacedout

    Ahhh, didn’t that used to be called ‘Nullification’? Wasn’t that a concept from the pre-Civil War days?

    • AdamTh

      This is just ol’ fashion Christian bigotry. Nullification is claiming a state law will over-ride a federal law or fed court decision.

  • KnownDonorDad

    Dear Religious Right,

    You lost, and Obergefell won’t be overturned by Gorsuch’s appointment.

    Signed,

    Everyone Else

  • Natty Enquirer

    No one has a right to hold elected office. With the office come duties. If your conscience doesn’t permit you to discharge those duties, then resign. That’s the answer, not shifting prejudice to the state.

    • Talisman

      One day, I might run for county clerk, or whatever the equivalent is. I’ll sit at the desk all day and reject every application/request because I have a legitimate religious objection to work in general.

      • Vista-Cruiser

        I want to be Secretary of State and have a special little electronic device that I can point at bad drivers. When I press the trigger, their drivers’ licenses will be immediately revoked, and their cars will pull over to the curb and cease running forever.

  • Douglas Kreis

    If they cannot perform their duties, they should RESIGN! (Or preferably by fired)

  • JWC

    If you do do it you are discriminating against people of sexual orientation Its lust the other side Basically its about discrimination Yoy are just choosing who you will or will not discriminate agaist Well, Bigots Anonymous, have it your way There are GAY bakers and GAY services, that will be more than happy to take the GAY dollar Retreat into your 1800 bubble and kiss your BIBBLES

  • j.martindale

    Forcing civil servants to perform the duties of their office is “discriminating against their faith”? That is sort of like saying that prosecuting thieves is discriminating against criminals.

  • Ninja0980

    A government building that provides services to the public isn’t a church, mosque etc where you get to impose a religious test on who does and doesn’t get services.
    If you can’t do your job because of religious reasons, then resign, simple as that.

  • Texndoc

    Well the law has to be that there has to be SOMEONE in the office or Court or doesn’t “religiously object”. So it’s the states duty to make sure they provide one in every office.

  • Talisman

    Texas and Alabama are in a race to the bottom, even if Mississippi has already beaten them there.

    • jmax

      I think when Mississippi got there, they found Oklahoma and Kansas waiting for them.

  • Gigi

    “If we don’t do this, we are discriminating against people of faith…” But discriminating against us is A-OK? I hate Talibangelists!

  • Turtle73

    Discriminating against people of faith?

    Considering that Brian Birdwell put his hand on the Bible, falsely swore an oath to the state of Texas, and took the name of God Almighty in vain, he’s certainly one to talk.

    Brian Birdwell is not a man of faith. If he says he is, that’s just another Republican lie.

  • Robert Anthony

    Twisted. Absolutely.

  • Stogiebear

    After you get blocked again you can pick Shit Shack for a screen name.

  • Helen Damnation 🍑™

    Until we are all free, none of us are free.

  • Mark

    I can only hope the day will come when the tx legislature focuses on the needs of the people – rather than trying to shove their bible up my ass.

  • Gene Perry

    Seriously, folks, if you don’t understand how the Constitution works you really shouldn’t be holding public office.

  • -M-

    Can they opt out of doing their jobs for “Christian” marriages too?

    ‘Sincerely held religious beliefs’ can be anything at all.

  • Dale Snyder

    So when does this christian glutton get caught with child pornography/multiple mistresses?

    • Beagle

      3…2…1…?

  • Mark

    Fuck. All. Of. You.

  • Joseph Miceli

    Suppose I work for the state and it is my sincere religious belief that marriage is an abomination. I can just sit back and let everyone else do all the work, right?

  • Gregory In Seattle

    I wonder how many in the Texas Legislature want to reinstate Texas’ antimiscegenation law — that would be the law that criminalized sexual relations or marriage between whites and non-whites — which was struck down by the US Supreme Court in 1968.

    • UrsusArctos

      They’re out to repeal the 13th & 14th amendments. Loving vs VA is small potatoes to that type.

  • SDG

    Another state who should succeed from the Union!

  • pleasebereasonable1

    The worst people on earth inevitably turn out to be Christians.

  • James

    I don’t see how issuing a license can possibly be construed as a religious matter. The only requirement for the issuer is to determine whether the applicants qualify for a license as a matter of law. There’s no requirement for the issuer to personally approve of the marriage, and one clerk refusing a license won’t stop anyone from getting legally married anyway. And I don’t get why it’s the gays who are the last straw either. Plenty of religious believers think that divorced people can’t be legitimately married, but when was the last time anyone was denied a marriage license on those grounds? I know what the Tony Perkinses and the Brian Browns gain from this type of shit, but I can’t see what the anonymous clerks get.

  • Robert Conner

    It’s a day ending in “y” and Texans are being assholes because that’s the primary, perhaps the only, reason for Baja Oklahoma to exist. Out here in California I work with many people from other parts of the country, many of whom drove here. Those who crossed some part of Texas are unanimous in their impression of the state which generally goes something like, “Christ Almighty! I thought it would never end!” Their impression of Texans, to the extent they may have interacted with them, is hardly better. Texans are regarded almost universally as churched-up, narrow minded creeps who are hostile to “outsiders.”

    I’ve said it before: Texas is North America’s largest free-range insane asylum.

  • Bob Conti

    I apologize if somebody’s already suggested this on the thread, but how about a wall along the Texas-United States border instead?

  • sword

    No voting card for you Blacks or women…the Buybull says no!

  • McSwagg

    If I recall correctly, Collin County is the home of Texas Atty Gen Ken Paxton. It is at the heart of Texas conservatism.

  • I have NO RESPECT for the lunatics who run the government of the state of Texas. I pity the people who have to endure the insane laws.

    The way it is, because of the impact of other insane laws, I would hope that there are many women who are mailing sealed containers containing used sanitary products to state officials so that the said state officials can perform an appropriate funeral and burial. You never know, if the event begins a few days late, there might be a tiny clot of “person” under Texas law who is entitled to the full dignity and respect of a Texas funeral. Perhaps some of these containers could be routed to government officials who won’t issue marriage licenses – share the wealth!

  • wmforr

    If they want to make it constitutional, they should just allow opt-out if one has any religious objections to a particular marriage. Like, say “I’m a Catholic, and I don’t believe divorced people should remarry.” Or “I believe the only valid marriages are those preformed by a certified minister of the Holy Bakonanist Church.”

  • Will Parkinson

    If we don’t do this, we’re discriminating against bigots who are just like us.