Ken Paxton, the Attorney General of Texas, issued a fervent press release today in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of marriage equality.
Paxton summarizes the next move for America will be religious liberty, saying “It is not acceptable that people of faith be exposed to such abuse.” That “abuse” refers to equality.
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick requested an opinion from Paxton, saying "In Texas, the law of the land defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. This principle was adopted by over 76 percent of Texas voters in 2005."
Patrick asks Paxton to provide guidance to county clerks, "If that should happen, county clerks and Justices of the Peace could be forced to subjugate their sincerely held religious beliefs. The practical reality of this conflict will occur throughout the state."
He harshly characterizes the decision saying “so has this opinion made clear that our governing document – the protector of our liberties through representative government – can be molded to mean anything by unelected judges.”
Paxton argues that the debate into same-sex marriage has become a “personal and economic aggression” against those who value faith and hold strong religious values.
Read the whole statement on the Attorney General's website.