North Carolina judges resign over same-sex marriage

From the Christian Institute –

At least six judges in North Carolina have stepped down from their positions saying that conducting same-sex wedding ceremonies would contravene their religious beliefs.

The judges, who are all professing Christians, resigned after the introduction of new laws which require magistrates to marry same-sex couples.

Same-sex marriage was legalised in North Carolina after the US Supreme Court cleared the path for the practice to become legal in more states.

Judge Bill Stevenson is the latest magistrate to step down after marriage was redefined in North Carolina last month.

Stevenson told NBC news: “It was something I had to do out of conscience.

“I felt like to perform same-sex unions would be in violation of the Lord’s commands, so I couldn’t do that.”

Gayle Myrick, another judge, also stressed that performing same-sex marriages would go against her Christian conscience.

She said: “I believe that marriage was ordained by God to be between a man and a woman.

“For me to do what the state said I had to do, under penalty of law, I would have to go against my convictions, and I was not willing to do that. I want to honor what the Word says”.

 
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Idaho City Threatens Christian Pastors with Jail if They Don’t Perform Same-Sex “Weddings”

By Tim Brown – DC Clothesline –

Sodomites have been recently emboldened as lower courts lawlessly have been ruling in their favor and as more of them get in positions of power. Recently, the city of Houston has pushed a “bathroom bill,” which was spearheaded by their queer mayor, Annise Parker, to allow men who are gender confused to use women’s bathrooms. Now, the city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is skipping towards Gomorrah in a move that would force Christian pastors to perform same-sex “marriages” or face a violation of unlawful non-discrimination laws.

The city has an ordinance which prohibits discrimination in public accommodations. Among the list of things that can’t be discriminated against are sexual orientation.

The Hitching Post wedding chapel, owned by Donald and Evelyn Knapp, who oppose redefining marriage to include same sex couples have a religious exemption, but they are a for-profit business. So what is the issue?

In 2014, a federal judge in Idaho ruled that the same-sex “marriage” ban was unconstitutional. Upon the Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the case, the earlier ruling stood.

However, as I pointed out at that time, this is not a federal issue and so anything ruled by the federal judge or the Supreme Court is irrelevant. It is a state issue and on top of that it is a Biblical one in the fact that it is about the defining of marriage. Thus, the governor of Idaho, as well as Scott Walker of Wisconsin and other governors of states that took this issue to the Supreme Court should stand up and say we aren’t following that ruling. It’s unlawful to do so and that court is not the final authority when it comes to this issue.

Donald Knapp has stated openly the real issue. In May, he told KXLY, “I think the Bible is pretty clear that homosexuality is not his way, and therefore I cannot unite people in a way that I believe would conflict with what the Bible teaches.”

Amen! That is the way all Christian people should think.

On Friday, the Knapps were faced with a 180-day jail term and $1000 for every day they decline to perform the “wedding” of a sodomite couple.

Alliance Defending Freedom, the same organization that has stepped into the midst of the lawlessness in Houston, filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and federal lawsuit on the Knapps’ behalf.

“The government should not force ordained ministers to act contrary to their faith under threat of jail time and criminal fines,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “Many have denied that pastors would ever be forced to perform ceremonies that are completely at odds with their faith, but that’s what is happening here – and it’s happened this quickly. The city is on seriously flawed legal ground, and our lawsuit intends to ensure that this couple’s freedom to adhere to their own faith as pastors is protected just as the First Amendment intended.”

“The government exists to protect and respect our freedoms, not attack them,” Tedesco added. “The city cannot erase these fundamental freedoms ….

 
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