“Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Matthew 22.21b
The county clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples should resign.because the duties and responsibilities of her position conflict with her religious beliefs. It is unfair of her to expect others to accept and live by her religious ideology.
Thank God that America is not a theocracy! Americans are free to engage in religious activities of their choosing provided those activities do not conflict with the laws of the land. Consequently, the state does not have the right to force religious institutions to incorporate secular laws into religious doctrine and practices. Likewise neither religious institutions nor individuals have the legal, moral or religious right to impose their religious beliefs upon the larger society.
The Kentucky county clerk is a public employee whose personal views are interfering with her ability to perform her “secular” professional responsibilities. She is absolutely entitled to her beliefs and to practice those beliefs in her private life. However, she does not have the right to refuse to perform any aspect of the job she is paid by taxpayers to perform. .