Never admitting defeat, even at the ballot box, the anti-gay right is now telling clerks in Maryland, Washington, and Main how to avoid issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The conservative legal group Alliance Defending Freedom is advising clerks in Maine, Maryland and Washington how they can avoid issuing newly legal marriage licences to gay couples, so they can “perform their job without violating their conscience.”
The ADF, formerly known as the Alliance Defense Fund, sent out legal memos to municipal clerks in the three states, which each legalized gay marriage on Election Day, telling them that they “can readily resolve this potential religious conflict” and avoid issuing the marriage licenses themselves, instead delegating to those who don’t have such objections.
“No American should be forced to give up a constitutionally protected freedom, nor should any American be forced to give up his or her job to maintain that freedom,” said ADF senior counsel Austin R. Nimocks. “Religious freedom is paramount to every American, including those issuing marriage licenses. They can perform their job without violating their conscience.”
I’ll keep this simple.
First, once you decide its against your religion to carry out the duties of your position, it’s time to find a new job. Voters in these states have spoken, and marriage equality is the law. If you have a religious objection to serving certain people in the course of doing your job, you don’t belong in that job. Period. Next we’ll have clerks opting out because they object to interracial marriage, or May/December marriage, or childless marriage, etc.
Second. Alliance Defending Freedom should probably worry less about keeping people like me from getting married, and clean its own house.
FBI agents swiftly arrested Lisa Biron yesterday morning as she awaited a hearing on child pornography charges at Manchester’s district court. About 9 a.m. FBI agents entered the courtroom, told Biron to leave her belongings and took her into an adjoining conference room where she remained for several minutes before coming out in handcuffs.
Outside, Biron ducked her head below the backseat window of a white vehicle as it was driven away from the courthouse.
A few hours later in U.S. District Court in Concord, Biron, who is associated with a national coalition of Christian lawyers, was formally told of the federal charges against her: transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, possession of child pornography and five counts of sexual exploitation of children.
… The federal charges against Biron are scheduled for trial in January. If convicted, she faces 10 years to life in prison on the transportation charge and 15 years to life in prison on each of the exploitation of children charges.
Records show Biron became a lawyer in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts in 2008.
Biron was briefly associated with the Donais Law Offices in Manchester before her arrest; she is now on an indefinite suspension.
Biron is associated with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a group of lawyers who, according to their website, are committed to keeping “the door open for the spread of the Gospel” by advocating for “religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family.” In Concord, she worked with the ADF in defending a Pentecostal Church on Mountain Road in its tax fight against the city.
She recently served on the board of directors at Mount Zion Christian Schools in Manchester, according to the school’s headmaster.
On Biron’s Facebook page, which was taken down in recent weeks, she had listed the Bible as her favorite book.