State Senators Stand for Religious Liberty! Senate Bill 522 Protects County Clerks from Being Forced to Issue Same Sex Marriage Licenses In Violation of Their Faith
By Jared Woodfill, President, Conservative Republicans of Texas
The Bible defines marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman. God outlined His original plan for marriage in Genesis 2:24 when one man (Adam) and one woman (Eve) united together to become one flesh. In Malachi 2:14, marriage is described as a holy covenant beforeGod. Over the past few years, biblical marriage, the union between one man and one woman, has been under attack from the left. The attacks have not been limited to the institution of marriage but are also directed towards individuals whose faith teaches them that marriage is between one man and one woman. Evidence of this can be found in the vicious attacks on county clerks who have refused to compromise on their faith and issue same-sex marriage licenses.
Many remember Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk, Kim Davis, who chose to defy a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Ms. Davis refused to issue the licenses, stating that to do so would violate her deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman. Ms. Davis stated that she was “under God’s authority.” Her faith based stance led to a jail sentence. Examples of the war being waged on people of faith can also be found in Hood County, Texas when County Clerk Katie Lang was sued for refusing to issue a same sex marriage license. Irion County, Texas County Clerk Molly Criner recently testified to an interim Senate committee that she believes a religious accommodation should be issued to those county clerks who have deeply held religious beliefs regarding marriage.
I am thankful that state Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, and state Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbuty, have filed Senate Bill 522, legislation to protect clerks who refuse to compromise on their faith and issue same-sex marriage licenses. Specifically, Senate Bill 522 states, allows county clerks to opt out of issuing same sex marriage licenses if doing so violates their “sincerely held religious beliefs.”
I will keep you posted on this important legislation as it moves through the Texas Legislature. Please contact state Sen. Perry and state Sen. Birdwell and let them know you appreciate their strong stand for biblical marriage!
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