They don’t want to do their job if everyone has the right to marry, so now they won’t do any marriages at all. What happened to doing your job and not judging the people who come to you for legal government services? They have no business judging the personal lives of people who come to their office for official government services, and marriage is a legal contract offered by our government.
In 2004, Oklahoma voters approved, 1,075,216 to 347,303, a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.
“Oklahoma voted overwhelmingly against same-sex marriage, and yet the Supreme Court stuck it down our throats,” Russ said.
How is this any different from when county clerks refused to marry interracial couples back in the day? There was a time when interracial marriages were also opposed by the majority. The majority shouldn’t be ruling on a minority’s basic human rights! Would you want your marital rights to be decided by the mob?
And by the way, if this bill gets passed, it would require atheists to have a religious official sign their marriage certificate instead of a judge. How is that fair to atheists?
“Marriages are not supposed to be a government thing anyway,” he said Wednesday.
Oh really? Then maybe we should take away YOUR right to all the 1,000+ legal benefits and protections that marriage offers in our country and see how YOU like a non-government version of marriage.
But this is what so often happens when a hardcore fundamentalist person gets into the government: It’s ok for him to try to push his religion on other people, and then cry “persecution” when he’s not allowed to do it. This pastor/state rep is upset that he’s not allowed to discriminate and marginalize a minority group.
I feel so bad for you, Mr. Russ. I can’t imagine how HARD it is to not be allowed to force your religion on other people. It must be so traumatic for you and your staff to have to actually render legal government services to people who don’t believe the same way you do.
Yes, I am pissed off. This is getting more and more ridiculous. But what pisses me off even more is that atheists are so often blamed for the problems in this country. The US mess is a collective issue, and oppressive religious people like this are making it way worse by constantly making us fight over women’s reproductive rights and marriage equality. If they stopped trying to regulate other people’s lives and focused on the economy and other issues, maybe we could actually fix some things!