“This woman's rights were not impeded upon. She was not required to perform same-sex marriages, or preside over any religious ceremony. She was responsible for signing "civil" marriage licenses. If she can't understand separation of church and state, she shouldn't have been employed as a civil servant in the first place.
Could an individual decide not to sign licenses for interracial couples? Um, good luck that.”
FaceTheTruth00 on Jul 16, 2011 at 05:53:23
“"Could an individual decide not to sign licenses for interracial couples? Um, good luck that."
She could've had that objection. Odds are, she would've resigned just the same as she did in this situation.
So, what is the problem?
That is not condoning racism, but it's saying that IF she were racist, then isn't there something to the fact that she at least didn't let it interfere with her job and resigned instead?
She didn't stand there and berate gays, or preach bible verses to them. She recognized that she couldn't perform all the duties of her job, so she left. What more can society ask of her?
Her personal beliefs are her beliefs, and she is entitled to them, regardless of what any of us think of them. The only time we can criticize those beliefs, legally, is when they interfere with someone else's rights. She quit her job, so that didn't happen. We can tell her that she's not entitled to that job, but we can't tell her that she's not entitled to her beliefs.”
DrSnuggles on Jul 13, 2011 at 16:11:20
“You do realize she quite because she understood her job wouldn't allow her to refuse to sign the documents, right?
Look, I completely disagree with her beliefs but she obviously has a VERY GOOD understanding of the separation of church and state and actually respects the doctrine; at least as far as her job goes.”
“Most can't seperate church and state. Look at Buchmann, Tex Gov Perry just to name a couple. They would like to do away with the seperation so that can dictate their agenda through religion. You know, we could be another Iran, Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan. People are not free when others dictate how the worship and even if they do. Some have lost sight of that.”
“I think the picture is of a generic electric chair, no?”
FreedToChoose on Jul 8, 2011 at 12:02:43
“True. I'm still trying to get use to the lack of real photos on the Internet. Too many years reading real newspapers with photographers. Sorry. Second time this week I've goofed on a file photo as the real thing. Sorry, again, but not as sorry as the perp will be.”