UH-OH: Gay couples just lost their right to get married in Texas, as Lone Star State fights back
Republican Governor Greg Abbott of Texas signedinto law a bill allowing his state’s clergy to refuse to officiate marriage ceremonies that violate their religious beliefs. Abbott said it is vital that religious leaders are “secure in knowing that religious freedom is beyond government’s reach.”
“Pastors now have the freedom to exercise their First Amendment rights,” said Abbott during the signing ceremony of the so-called “Pastor Protection Act” held outside the governor’s mansion. “Freedom of religion is the most sacred of our rights and our freedom to worship is secured by the Constitution. Religious leaders in the state of Texas must be absolutely secure in the knowledge that religious freedom is beyond the reach…..
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