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July 3, 2014

Clerk owes public an apology

Clerk owes public an apology

Editor:

I read the account from Daviess County, stating that the county clerk had refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on her biblical beliefs and unclear direction from the state government.

Regardless of what your religious belief is for whom a person partners with; are we not all entitled to our own choices?

The Declaration of Independence states “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

The same people who are so opposed to the issue, and are quick to point to the bible should remember that it is also stated in the bible; Judge not, that ye be not judged (Matthew 7:1).

What if this was your neighbor, best friend, brother, sister, children, grandchildren, etc. Are they not entitled to the same professions of love and societal benefits that a heterosexual is?

I think so and more importantly so do our laws, whether you choose to accept it or not. No one is asking you to change your religious belief; all that is being sought is equality. Much like the civil rights movement, women’s right, or labor unions wanted equality back in their time.

Jesus also stated, you must love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39). In the corporate world, not doing your job is called insubordination and grounds for dismissal. At the very least, once she has “clear” direction, she owes these people an apology.

Chris Westfall

Springville

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