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?
But that is why he inisists it is
important that people understand their constitutionally
"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