Porter Thinks Christian Magistrates ‘Forced From Office’

Janet Porter and BarbWire claim that the six magistrates in North Carolina who have resigned rather than perform same-sex marriages were “forced from office over mock marriages.” Nonsense. They chose to quit because they refuse to perform the duties they agreed to. One of them said so in his resignation letter:

Kallam noted that gay marriage legalization profoundly changed the role he had originally accepted, claiming that it wasn’t his understanding when he took the oath of office that he would be forced to marry gays and lesbians, as the Associated Press reported.

“When I took my oath of office, I understood I would be required to perform weddings and have done so throughout my tenure,” he wrote in a resignation letter. “I did not, however, take that oath with any understanding that I would be required to marry same sex couples.”

He added, “I can no longer fulfill my oath of office in good faith.”

And he did the right thing by resigning. If you can’t fulfill the oath of office you took to follow and apply the laws of the state, you should step down, as these six magistrates did. But they weren’t forced to do so, they chose to do so.

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  • John Pieret

    Being force to do your civic duty to icky people is like having to be a pastor to sinners … um … maybe I should rephrase that …

  • marcus

    John Pieret@1 “Being forced to do your civic duty to icky people is like having to… “ (I know, I know!)

    march in the San Francisco Gay Pride (fuck off Boghossian) Parade wearing chaps and holding a sign that says, “I like buttsecks!”

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    I did the same thing when The State tried to force me to give driver’s licenses to British immigrants. Imagine the chaos of them driving on our roads wrong! Sure, the chaos didn’t happen, and, yes, statistically they’re no worse (and sometimes better) than Real American Drivers, but I continue to support the stand that I took.

  • Holms

    I actually commend that guy’s approach. The fact that he mentioned being unable to do the job in good faith is the key point to my mind. He can’t be forced to be accepting of gay people, but being unaccepting of gay people made him unfit for the job / made the job a poor fit for his values, so he did the next best thing and removed himself from a position he chose not to fulfil.

  • marcus

    Holms @4 I would commend him even more if he could have done so without the gratuitous whinging foot-stamping.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    marcus “Holms @4 I would commend him even more if he could have done so without the gratuitous whinging foot-stamping.”

    A protest without a statement is just a guy not showing up for work.

  • marcus

    MO @6 Granted.

  • tsig

    Oh god, how long will it be forced down my throat, how long will my soul be penetrated by evil and my tongue be forced to lick the rod of chastisement. My strength fails and I throw myself on the mercy of your heaving, powerful bosom and gain courage from your muscular arms sweet Jesus, OH! JESUS!!

  • hunter

    “Kallam noted that gay marriage legalization profoundly changed the role he had originally accepted. . . .”

    Actually, it didn’t. His duties included marrying two consenting adults in conformity with the laws of North Carolina. That hasn’t changed.

    Arrogant, self-absorbed pipsqueak.

  • matty1

    Let’s hope all those who feel the same way do the same instead of trying to have their cake and eat it by refusing at the last minute to carry out a wedding and causing disruption.