According to the judge, their religious beliefs are in violation of the 1st amendment and the separation between church and state. If I were the clerks, I would retire, quit or take the longest bathroom break if presented with a case that goes against my beliefs. But is the judge right? Give us your thoughts below.
A federal judge has judge clerks in Mississippi cannot cite their religious beliefs as valid reasons to recuse themselves from granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The case was argued by Roberta Kaplan, who won the historic Supreme Court DOMA case.
U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeve ruled Monday afternoon, preventing the State of Mississippi from allowing HB 1523, a so-called “religious freedom” law signed by Republican Governor Phil Bryant from taking effect Friday, the AP reports.
Kaplan, who is representing the Campaign for Southern Equality, argued HB 1523 violates First Amendment separation of church and state. She told CSE after today’s ruling, “Judge Reeves reaffirmed the authority of federal courts to say what the United States Constitution means.”