The Supreme Court of the United States ruling on gay marriage has prompted a slew of responses from different sectors. While a considerable portion of the United States population interprets this development as a clear victory for gay rights and gay rights activists, some sectors have echoed dissenting views on the recent ruling. The Texas Attorney General has reacted on the historic ruling by deeming it to be a move that is fueled by a sense of “lawlessness.” The Texas Attorney General is attempting to galvanize Texans into protecting the religious liberties of the state in light of this recent development.
While 5 of the Supreme Court Justices have voted in favor of same sex unions, 4 dissenting Justices have expressed their opinion on the matter. Chief Justice John Roberts, one of the dissenting Justices in the recent Supreme Court of the United States ruling, expressed that “Stripped of its shiny rhetorical gloss, the majority’s argument is that the Due Process Clause gives same-sex couples a fundamental right to marry because it will be good for them and for society… If I were a legislator, I would certainly consider that view as a matter of social policy. But as a judge, I find the majority’s position indefensible as a matter of constitutional law.”
In a statement that echoes the sentiments of the 4 dissenting Justices, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton expressed that “the United States Supreme Court again ignored the text and spirit of the Constitution to manufacture a right that simply does not exist.” Paxton’s statements go on to explain that the recent ruling of the United States Supreme Court has given birth to a grave problem. The problem in question deals with the conflict between the religious beliefs of Texas officials and their duty to uphold decisions passed by the United States Supreme Court.
Paxton asserts that this new ruling needs to peacefully coexist with other more entrenched rights like the right to free speech and the free exercise of religion. Paxton admits that officials who refuse to issue marriage licenses because of their religious beliefs face the possibility of legal action and being fined. Under the Texas Family Code, clerks that do not comply with the ruling are subject to a fine of up to $500.
Legal assistance surrounding statutes, court decisions, and provisions of the federal and state constitution as it relates to family relationships, rights, duties, and finances require the assistance of a capable team of lawyers. If you or someone you know needs legal counsel regarding these issues, please contact the attorneys at Lyttle Law Firm in Austin, Texas by visiting our website or calling us today at 512-215-5225.