The Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly the Alliance Defense Fund) is continuing to tell government employees in states that allow same-sex marriage that they should refuse to do their jobs and issue marriage licenses to gay couples because it conflicts with their faith.
Alliance Defending Freedom is advising officials responsible for issuing marriage licenses in Rhode Island and Minnesota that they do not have to violate their faith or conscience by personally issuing licenses to applicants who are of the same sex.
Two new legal memos issued Wednesday in Rhode Island and Minnesota advise officials that they can delegate responsibility for issuing the licenses to deputies or assistants who don’t have conscience-based objections to issuing the licenses to same-sex applicants.
“No American should have to choose between their conscience and their job in America,” said Litigation Counsel Kellie Fiedorek. “The First Amendment protects Americans from being coerced to give up their careers to maintain their religious freedom. Religious freedom is guaranteed to every American, including those issuing marriage licenses.”
Remember the case in Louisiana a couple years ago when a clerk refused to issue marriage licenses to interracial couples? Do you remember the ADF coming to his defense? I don’t either. Because virtually no one, even the ADF, would take the position that a clerk could refuse to issue such licenses no matter how “sincere” their religious belief that it’s wrong. But since they share the belief that gays are less than human and can be denied equal rights, they’re fine with it as long as the result is anti-gay discrimination rather than racial discrimination.
And do you think for one second that they would be defending an atheist or Muslim clerk who refused to serve their Christian constituents? Not a chance in hell. The “freedom” they’re defending is, as usual, just Christian privilege.
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