Religion

Texas County Clerk Resigns Over Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

| by Maura Turcotte

A Texas county clerk has resigned in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized same-sex marriage — representing the latest fallout regarding the controversial decision.

According to Religion News Service, county clerk Joyce Lewis-Kugle wrote the following message in a letter to the Rusk County judge in East Texas: “Before taking office, I was required to take an oath to uphold the laws of this State and the United States. Due to the recent decision by the Supreme Court, the laws I swore to have now changed."

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The county clerk is the first clerk to choose to resign rather than follow the ruling. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that he supports those county clerks who believe their religious liberties are being compromised by issuing same-sex marriage licenses, the Religion News Service reports.

The county clerk is not alone in her opposition. In Dent County, Missouri, commissioners voted unanimously to fly the American flag below half-staff for an entire year of “mourning” the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage, reports The Huffington Post.

“All who see these flags at this lowered position (will) be reminded of this despicable Supreme Court travesty," Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles wrote in a letter, charging the court with “blatant judicial overreach.” 

While more than one-half of Americans support the court’s recent decision, most Republicans do not agree. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, 63 percent of conservative Republicans believe the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriage was wrong, reports the New York Post.

Several Republican presidential candidates also oppose gay marriage. For example, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has put the issue at the center of his campaign and even suggested to some states to ignore the Supreme Court’s ruling.  

With 51 percent of Americans claiming they do support same-sex marriage and only 35 percent saying they oppose it, these candidates still find themselves in the minority, reports the New York Post.

Sources: Religion News Service, Huffington Post, NY Post / Photo credit: Flickr/Tony Webster