County Clerk Stands Up Against Unconstitutional Gay Marriage Decision
Faith and Freedom with Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver and guest Texas Clerk Molly Criner… An 11-minute weekday radio program discussing hot topics in the area of religious liberty, the sanctity of human life and the family.
On June 26th, five lawyers on the United States Supreme Court issued their opinion with regards to same sex marriage. And it’s very clear that it has no basis in the Constitution. And yet that opinion is impacting clerks and others all around the country.
Our guest is Molly Criner. She is the clerk in Irion County Texas, and Molly read the decision of these five lawyers and also the four dissenting justices of the United States Supreme Court. And she came to the conclusion that anyone, whether you’re a constitutional scholar or not, will come to when you read the opinion.
That it is not based on the Constitution.
Mat Staver: Welcome to Faith and Freedom, Molly.
Molly Criner: Hi Mat, how are you?
Mat: Molly, I’m very good…thank-you for joining us. Molly, you made a decision as the clerk of Irion County, Texas, not to issue same sex marriage licenses. You wrote a letter to clerks. You also issued a Declaration of Obedience to Law and defense of natural marriage.
But you came to your own independent decision after reading the Supreme Court opinion itself, that it is not based on the Constitution and that if you were to issue licences for same sex marriage, you would actually be violating your own oath because as a clerk, you like other public officials had to take an oath to defend and support the Constitution of the Unites States of America, and in your case also the Constitution of Texas.
And had you then issued licences, you came to the conclusion that you would be violating the Constitution itself, because the opinion is not based on the Constitution.
Molly: That is exactly the conclusion I came to. Other people came to a different conclusion, but to me it was very clear. There was nothing else I could do, but say no…
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