aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Not my circus, not my monkeys

Our black-robed masters have spoken. Continuing their recent practice of just making stuff up as they please, five of the nine incumbents on the Supreme Court have declared bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. This is not judging, and it sure as hell isn't constitutional order. It's just raw power in the service of ideology; in other words, tyranny.

I was expecting this. The country is going to have what its elites decide it will have, regardless of what the people or the people's representatives think about it. But I will not be a party to it.

Henceforth, I will no longer sign and file any marriage licenses, for anybody. Hitherto, it was the responsibility of the officiant (usually a clergyperson) to sign and file the license after the wedding; in so doing, the officiant was thus acting as an agent of the State. I will no longer do this. I will not act on behalf of a government that assumes the power to do what this government has done.

Now, since the State requires a license to marry (we no longer recognize common law marriage), then by all means, law-abiding couples should procure one. But they can then have the clerk or judge or somebody file the license. Heck, they can fill it out themselves and send it in -- if Indiana says that's good enough for Quakers, it's good enough for anybody. And then they can come talk to me about what it means to live in Christian marriage and we can plan a Christian ceremony.

But I will no longer sign and file marriage licenses. I will not act as the agent of the State under such a government.

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