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Christian Clerks Face Same-Sex License Showdown

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By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

new-yorkNEW YORK, USA (Worthy News)-- Although a memo circulated by the Alliance Defense Fund assured scrupulous New York State license clerks that they can delegate the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses to another clerk, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice disagreed.

"The law affords no discretion to public officials charged with granting marriage licenses," she said. "Therefore, any such refusal may be subject to criminal prosecution."

The ADF memo was circulated in response to Rice and other NY state officials who threatened to charge clerks who decline to issue same sex marriage licenses with a criminal offense, thereby forcing clerks to choose between their career and their faith.

"You don't get to say, 'I like this law and I'll enforce this law,' or 'I don't like this law and I won't enforce this law," said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo after signing same-sex marriage into law. "You can't do that; so if you can’t enforce the law, then you shouldn't be in that position."

"No one should have to choose between their religious beliefs and their job," said ADF Senior Counsel Brian Raum. "It's outrageous that officials are threatening criminal prosecution for clerks who exercise their lawful right to delegate the issuing of same-sex marriage licenses, especially when the law requires the accommodation of their religious beliefs."

The ADF memo explained that though New York's "Marriage Equality Act" lacks individual conscience protections, that same state's Human Rights Law requires employers to accommodate employee religious beliefs "unless it places an undue hardship on the employer"; ADF lawyers argue that marriage license delegation doesn't constitute "an undue hardship" because Executive Law 296 (10)(a) allows a municipality to delegate a clerk's duties concerning marriage licenses to a deputy clerk, or any other municipal employee.

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10 thoughts on “Christian Clerks Face Same-Sex License Showdown

  1. The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law “respecting an establishment of religion,” impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.

    This is clearly a 1st amendment right these workers have.

  2. It sounds like Mr. Cuomo said that specifically to push Christians out of their jobs.  May God reward him to the fullest if that be the case, and may New York state receive a full reward also, save only the Lord's servants.

  3. This is the beginning of the End as we know it. From now on we will see more things like this and I believe it is the continuation of Christian Persecution in the United States of America.

  4. If she was muslim, this wouldn't even be an issue. They can protest and deny and refuse all they want to, but if you are a Christian, watch out. You have no rights.  "If the world hates you, remember it hated me first."  (Jesus)

  5. Maybe she should go work at a Church. She is free to practice her religion there. However, thanks to the separation of CHURCH and STATE, if she works for the STATE, she must abide by its rules. God loves us all equally, I wish you people would too. God represents love, not judgement.

    • I really don't know where you got that from. God is a God of love and judgment. If you really know the Lord you would know this.
      In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead
      In 2 Timothy 4:1, the apostle Paul tells us that God will judge the inhabitants of this world:
      In Hebrews 13:4 it tells us that God will judge those who are sexually immoral:
      Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept
      pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.In Hebrews 9:27 we are reminded that we only get one life (no reincarnation) and after that we face judgment:
      Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment
      But most people today do not like to hear about God's justice. They don't WANT to hear that judgment is coming,
      But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you
      are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when
      his righteous judgment will be revealed.
      The reality is that most people today are terribly stubborn.

      They think that they don't need God. 

      They think they can do whatever they want.

      Even many people who "believe" that God exists think that He would NEVER judge them.

      if we turn to the end of the book we read about the final judgment of
      humanity, and it should be sobering for all of us when we read what is
      to happen.....

      Revelation 20:11-15

      There is  more, but I think I will stop here.   Study the word of God, don't want you to be lost, ask the Lord to open up your heart, to let you see.

  6. I have read the reports from this web site for years now and had a glimpse of what our brothers and sisters were enduring and I'm grateful for this site.  Blessings from our Holy Father in Heaven to the Clerks who are servants of The Lord. May The Lord Jesus Christ grant them the faith once delivered to the Saints of old. Rember our Beloved Daniel, he would not stop praying though it meant he would be cast into the lions den.  There is no choice Faith or job - FAITH! The just live by Faith not by sight. Keep the Faith!

  7. They can choose to serve the state. Or not. It is their choice. No one is forcing them. If they feel that they cant work with the laws stipulated, it is quite ok to resign.

  8. This is being done by design by the Devil's children, the children of darkness. This is no accident. It is not an over site, it is PURE EVIL. They intend to arrest Christians. They intend to back true believers in The Lord Jesus Christ into a corner where you have no choice but to stand up for Jesus or surrender to these Devil worshiping heathens. There is a full court press to do to us what the evil people in Babylon's government did to Daniel and the three Hebrew men. You will have to stand for Jesus or die. That is what is coming, that is the NWO ultimate goal, submit or die. Even so, come Lord Jesus!

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