Government employees may not use their religion to refuse the issue of gay marriage licenses
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BOP is shared. First round acceptance and statement of position. Second round rebuttals, third round arguments, fourth round rebuttals. Fifth round summary.
A county clerk does have other responsibilities than just marriage. The whole thing with personal beliefs can be because of other factors not just personal beliefs.
A county clerk can have many responsibilities, depending upon the requirements of his or her county government. Usually, the issuance of various licenses is among those responsibilities. It's important to understand, for the purposes of this debate, that the criteria for license eligibility is not determined by the clerk, but by the legislative bodies of the county, state, or federal government. The rules determining who can get a drivers license, for example; physical requirements, age, ability to pass a driving test, knowledge of traffic law, etc are all determined by the state. The county clerks only responsibility (in this example) is to determine if the applicant meets those requirements and, if so, to issue the license. A clerk who, for example, routinely denies applicants, who meet all the state's drivers license requirements, simply because she didn't approve of their family backgrounds would be acting outside of her authority and should, properly, be disciplined for that breach of authority no matter how well she might perform every other aspect of her job.
The Kentucky clerk also has another problem. She swore an oath, to God, to support the constitutional laws of Kentucky which now support gay marriage. She also believes that her God, presumably the same one she swore the oath to, curses gay marriage. This presents an ethical conflict that can only be resolved by her resignation. She hasn't done so - probably in large measure because of her $80,000 salary. Instead she's refusing to issue any marriage licenses to anyone. Any sensible employer would fire her for that.
jlara00 forfeited this round.
A county clerk has the right to do what he/she feels is right.
I thank Con for this debate and the interesting points Con provided.
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Vote Placed by Midnight1131 1 year ago
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Reasons for voting decision: FF so conduct to Pro. Arguments to Pro as well, because they showed that county clerks have a responsibility to their state and it's constitution. Con's rebuttal was pretty weak, they said that they "think" county clerks should be able to do whatever they want. This is a pretty weak rebuttal, because it's just Con's opinion. Not to mention that Pro is correct when they state that county clerks have to follow the laws of their government. Due to Pro having shown that county clerks, like everyone else, has the responsibility to do the job and duties that they were hired to do, they win.
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