Target: Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.
Goal: Rule that state officials be required to issue same-sex marriage licenses if they choose to hold public office.
Kim Davis, the public official refusing to designate marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite the legalization of same-sex marriage, is not the only one acting defiantly. Many public officials around the country are refusing to hand out marriage licenses on the grounds of state religious exemption laws.
For example, South Carolina passed a law recently that allows public officials exemption from granting marriage licenses on the grounds of religious objection. Since then, 32 magistrates out of the total 672 have chosen to forgo handing out licenses.
Under Alabama state law probate judges have no obligation to issue marriage licenses, so 67 counties have stopped issuing them altogether. They say that way they aren’t discriminating against anyone.
It’s ridiculous that in a modern society we are dealing with issues like this. These officials are acting like children in defiance and are not performing their duties as a public official despite a federal ruling. Tell federal officials to rule that state officials cannot refuse to do their job as an act of defiance against same-sex marriage.
Dear Chief Justice Roberts,
Many public officials around the country are refusing to hand out marriage licenses on the grounds of state religious exemption laws despite a federal ruling in favor of gay marriage. States are passing laws allowing officials to refuse to hand out marriage licenses, and this kind of behavior is unacceptable.
Officials may claim that by refusing licenses to everyone they are not discriminating, but they are also not performing their elected duties. These acts of defiance are childish, and these people should not be allowed to still hold office.
I urge you to rule that state officials must issue same-sex marriage licenses if they choose to hold public office.
[Your Name Here]
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