Elbert County, Colorado, Clerk Dallas Schroeder hung a poster on an office wall that features a Bible verse: "...each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband" (video below).
Schroeder refused to speak on-camera with Denver7 about the verse, 1 Corinthians 7:2, per his legal counsel, but he did tell the TV station off-camera that the poster has been on the wall for 15 months without any complaints.
However, three people said that they complained to Schroeder.
Schroeder stated in an email to the news station that the poster is "a celebration of marriage" without any hidden meanings.
But Schroeder's email to several state court clerks in 2014 suggests otherwise.
"My thought process is that they have to see the poster and if they choose to violate God’s written Word, then that is on their head," the email, obtained by Denver7, reads. "I have warned them."
The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) stated on Nov. 25 that one of its attorneys, Andrew Seidel, wrote a letter of complaint to the members of the email chain.
"According to the email chain, some clerks or employees are uncomfortable issuing marriage licenses to gay couples," the letter read, according to the FFRF's press release. "Hopefully you all know by now that you must issue licenses to gay couples whatever your personal religion."
"Mr. Schroeder is displaying words from his religion's holy book to issue a religious warning to all citizens in a government building," Seidel added. "This is unconstitutional."
"The fact that this poster was commissioned and purchased with personal funds is irrelevant. If anything, it proves the point that Mr. Schroeder is abusing a public office to further his personal religion."