Clerks in FL refuse to officiate homosexual weddings

Monday, January 5, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Some county clerks in Florida are fighting against court orders on same-gender marriage.

Counties in the Sunshine State are issuing marriage licenses to homosexual and lesbian pairs, in response to state and federal court decisions, but the court's decision is finding resistance among those it affects.

Attorney Harry Mihet of Liberty Counsel says the court's decision is the "death of democracy" in Florida.

"The courts have successfully invalidated the votes of over 8 million Floridians who spoke on this issue clearly and decisively in 2008," he tells OneNewsNow, referring to two-thirds of voters who chose traditional marriage on the ballot. 

A state judge has lifted a stay prompting Miami-Dade County to issue the licenses, while a federal judge who ruled the amendment unconstitutional says it only applies to Washington County and the homosexuals who filed the suit.

Mihet, Harry (Liberty Counsel)Clerks in the remaining 66 counties will issue the licenses but with a different twist in five of them.

Mihet explains: "They will stop officiating or solemnizing marriages altogether, although they cannot stop issuing licenses. So they will license homosexual marriages but they will not officiate any marriages in order to avoid being forced to officiate a homosexual marriage against their conscience."

“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman,” one clerk told a Florida newspaper. “Personally it would go against my beliefs to perform a ceremony that is other than that.”

Mihet says homosexual activists are likely very happy because the "destruction of marriage has been their goal all along," he claims. 

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