Religious freedom trumps redefinition of marriage

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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Does redefining marriage mean giving up religious freedom? One attorney says those answers will come in the near future.

Maine, Maryland and Washington voted November 6 to legalize homosexual "marriage." Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Austin Nimocks warns that that could place Christians who work as clerks, for example, responsible for issuing marriage licenses in an untenable position -- do they stand on their faith or face the possibility of losing their jobs?

Nimocks, Austin (ADF)But that is why he inisists it is important that people understand their constitutionally protected freedoms.

"No American should be forced to give up a constitutionally protected freedom, much less sacrifice their job in order to maintain that freedom," Nimocks contends.

"Religious freedom is important to every American, and that includes those who issue marriage licenses. It's important that we as a society embrace the idea that they can do their job without having to violate their conscience."

ADF has sent memos to clerks and auditors in counties of each of the three states to explain that employees should be allowed to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on the basis of their faith, passing the work on to others who do not object.

Nimocks adds that if government employees encounter resistance to resolving their religious conflicts, they should contact ADF.

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