Christian Clerks Don’t Have To Issue Newly Legal Gay Marriage Licenses, Says Legal Group

Devoutly-religious legal group Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly the Alliance Defense Fund) has sent out memos to clerks in Maine, Maryland and Washington informing them that they don’t have to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if it violates their beliefs.

Charisma News reports:

Three new legal memos advise municipal clerks in Maine, county clerks in Maryland and county auditors in Washington that provisions in state law allow them to delegate responsibility for issuing the licenses to deputies or assistants who don’t have conscience-based objections to issuing the licenses to same-sex applicants.

“No American should be forced to give up a constitutionally protected freedom, nor should any American be forced to give up his or her job to maintain that freedom,” said ADF senior counsel Austin R. Nimocks. “Religious freedom is paramount to every American, including those issuing marriage licenses. They can perform their job without violating their conscience.”

ADF’s memos state that, in the wake of the “recent redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples,” some clerks and auditors “might believe that they face a serious dilemma: either resign their positions or violate their sincerely held religious beliefs by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.”

Luckiy, bigotry doesn’t have to get in the way of a job poorly done and officials “can readily resolve this potential religious conflict” by directing those unwelcome homosexuals over to someone who doesn’t mind wiping his ass with the word of God.

And if the clerks get any guff about their decision, they can always contact the Alliance Defending Freedom – defending freedom, or at least a super bastardized version of it.