Texas County Clerk Issues Sad Ass Declaration Against Marriage Equality

As is not terribly surprising, there have been a number of county clerks getting all upset and sad about the fact that they now have to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples as part of their jobs, and some are refusing. You know, like how they’re always refusing to process divorces!

One such clerk is Molly Criner of Irion County in Texas. Criner — despite not actually being sued by anyone currently — is having her case taken up by the Liberty Counsel, just in case she is, we guess.

Criner really, really, really does not like same-sex marriages and will not perform them on account of the fact that she does not think the Supreme Court has a right to make them legal, ‘specially cause two of the judges had historically supported gay rights and did not recuse themselves. Not that the judges who were historically against gay rights should have had to recuse themselves, or anything. No, just the ones who disagree with Molly Criner.

Here is part of her sad little “manifesto:”

1. I will continue to defend Natural Marriage as recognized by the People of Texas, in the Constitution and Laws of the State of Texas, consistent with the Declaration of Independence; the written United States Constitution; the Ninth, Tenth, and Fourteenth Amendments; and higher Natural Law.

2. Natural Marriage between one man and one woman remains the law in Texas, regardless of any court decision to the contrary. Any court decision purporting to strike down Natural Marriage, including Obergefell v. Hodges, is “unauthoritative, void, and of no force.”

3. I, as County Clerk, in faithful execution of the laws of Texas, shall resist unlawful federal or state court encroachments upon the prerogative of the People of Texas to protect Natural Marriage, and shall only issue marriage licenses consistent with Texas law, so help me God.

4. With a firm reliance upon the providence of Almighty God and the support of my fellow citizens, I call upon all of the Officers of the State of Texas, the Governor, the Attorney General, and the members of the Texas Legislature, to join with me, and utilize all authority within their power to protect Natural Marriage from lawless court opinions, wherever the source.

It’s cute how she thinks that she/Texas can override the Supreme Court when it suits her. Does she believe that all Supreme Court decisions are meaningless, or just this one that she doesn’t happen to like? What about the Hobby Lobby decision? Or Citizens United? Or the myriad other court decisions that went the way conservatives wanted? No? Just the one you don’t like? OK then.

The Liberty Counsel has also issued a press release about Criner’s situation:

“The Supreme Court has historically made a number of bad rulings that time and justice have been able to realize and overcome,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “The opinion of five lawyers regarding marriage is another example of an unjust law that will be overcome as people stand together, individually, and as States,” Staver continued.

“Like Molly, each of us should vow not to be intimidated but, instead, to stand united for our God-given liberties and the Rule of Law,” Staver advised.

Yeah, not to be a dick, but literally none of those bad rulings that have been overcome could have been called progressive or liberal. Because as we all move forward as a society, it’s the outmoded, regressive, oppressive things that we overcome. Also, uh, you not standing united for the “Rule of Law,” you are breaking the law.

Again, surely they wouldn’t be saying this about the Hobby Lobby decision.



[Liberty Counsel]