A Kentucky official is once again refusing to their job and this time, it isn’t Kim Davis.
When atheist couple Mandy Heath and her fiance Jon went to the courthouse in Trigg County, they did so with the expectation that they wouldn’t have religion thrown in their faces. You know, because public servants are supposed to serve everyone no matter their religious beliefs.
Anyway, Heath and her fiance wanted to get married in an official secular ceremony so that they’ll be legally married when their friend performs an unofficial but more intimate ceremony later on for their family and friends.
Mandy and Jon are atheists, which means they don’t believe in a god. So they politely requested that County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander not mention God in the ceremony.
It’s a simple request that does not in any way violate the religious beliefs of the judge. All he has to do is keep religion out of the ceremony and move on. But he refused to perform the ceremony unless he was allowed to shove Christianity down their throats.
“I will be unable to perform your wedding ceremony,” Alexander said. “I include God in my ceremonies and I won’t do one without.”
This is blatant discrimination from a public official and the Freedom From Religion Foundation was quick to slam the judge for it.
“As a government employee, you have a constitutional obligation to remain neutral on religious matters while acting in your official capacity,” FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel informed Judge Alexander in a letter.
You have no right to impose your personal religious beliefs on people seeking to be married. Governments in this nation, including the Commonwealth of Kentucky, are secular. They do not have the power to impose religion on citizens.
The bottom line is that by law, there must be a secular option for people seeking to get married. In Trigg County, you are that secular option. The default ceremony offered by your office should be secular and people wishing to add in religion should be able to do so upon request. Not the other way around and certainly not to the exclusion of a secular option.
Alexander is the only judge capable of performing the ceremony for Mandy and Jon in their county, so they were forced to travel to the next county in the hopes the judge there is more professional and more reasonable.
And it is disgraceful that they were forced to do so.
Judge Alexander has no business being on the bench. If he wants to practice his faith, he can do so at home or at church and still perform his public duties.
But this is happening more and more around the country as judges repeatedly demonstrate that they are incapable of doing their jobs as a government official. In Virginia, an atheist couple was also told by a court official that they couldn’t get married because they don’t believe in God.
If conservative “Christians” had their way, every judge in America would do the exact same thing and only Christians would be allowed to get married in this country. It’s outrageous, and it’s just another reason why the election in November is so important. Because if Trump wins, you can bet he’ll only appoint judges who are just like Alexander and that would be a serious violation of our Constitution.
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