Early in President Obama’s tenure in the White House, Catholic Online and other media outlets reported what appeared to be a deliberate attack on the Constitution’s “freedom of religion” protections.
The fracas has caught the attention, and outrage, of two of the major legal organizations defending religious rights in America, the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing Neely in her fight over basic religious liberties and against the extremism of the same-sex “marriage” advocates on the state commission, and the Becket Fund for Religion Liberty, which took up Neely’s cause in a friend-of-the-court brief.
The point is that Neely is not allowed to solemnize marriages in her role as a municipal judge, and while she is allowed to as a magistrate, there is no requirement for that, there is no pay for it and there are a multitude of situations in which magistrates can cite personal objections and decline to do so.
She may continue to attend church twice a week, participate in Bible study and ministry to female inmates at the Rowan County Jail.
She is even free to believe that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, as many Americans do.
“However, her religious convictions cannot excuse her from performing the duties that she took an oath to perform as Rowan County Clerk,” he said, citing the same-sex “marriage” right that was created only weeks ago by the Supreme Court.