Is it the goal of secular progressives to remove any Christian from public office and make sure that only those that are secular have power? Ronald Reagan once said, "If we ever forget that we are one
|Judge C Allen McConnell|
There is a huge push to make those who are Christian and follow God's word to either drop out of office or go against their religious beliefs guaranteed under the 1st Amendment of the Constitution as well as under natural law. The question becomes why would one person's rights be superseded by someone else who practices unnatural or abnormal behavior?
A judge in Toledo, Ohio is under fire because of his religious convictions to not marry same sex couples. Judge C Allen McConnell stated he will not marry anyone other than a man or woman.
Several elected officials in Ohio, along with Equality Toledo, have released a statement condemning Judge C. Allen McConnell's decision to refuse to marry same-sex couples.
The statement says that as a governmental official, Judge McConnell is required to follow the rules of the Constitution regardless of personal faith or religious tradition.
The statement reads:
"As elected officials, before we are able to assume the duties of our office, we first must swear an oath that we will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. As of June 26, 2015, the fundamental right of same-sex couples to marry is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. It is now the law, and all elected officials -- and especially those elected to the position of judge -- must obey this law.
People of good faith, and people from different religious traditions, can continue to debate the wisdom of the law. But there can no longer be any debate that same-sex marriage is the law.
We are disappointed that Judge Allen McConnell has refused to fulfill the duty of his elected position. If he does not agree with the laws of the United States of America, he is free to work to change them -- either as a citizen or as a member of a legislative body. But as judge, he has absolutely no discretion -- he must apply and follow the law, including the ones with which he does not agree."
The statement is signed by the following representatives:
Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton
David Berger, Mayor of Lima
Joe Schiavoni, Senate Minority Leader
Capri Cafaro, State Senator
Charleta Tavares, State Senator
Sandra Williams, State Senator
David Leland, State Representative
Denise Driehaus, State Representative
Stephen Slesnick, State Representative
Michael Stinziano, State Representative
Terry J (TJ) Brown, Franklin County Recorder
Maryellen O'Shaughnessy, Franklin County Clerk of Courts
Marilyn Brown, President of Franklin County Commissioners
Sandra Kurt, Summit County Council member
Shannon Hardin, Columbus City Council member
Chris Seelbach, Cincinnati City Council member
Toledo representatives also released the following statement:
"We have served as elected officials with Judge McConnell for many years, and we know him to be a good and kind man. However, on this issue, he is wrong. It's that simple. There is no middle ground on this issue, because truly, justice must be blind."
That statement is signed by the following representatives:
David Pepper, Ohio Democratic Party Chair
Tim Brown, State Representative
Pete Gerken, Lucas County Commissioner
Tina Skeldon-Wozniak, Lucas County Commissioner
Carol Contrada, Lucas County Commissioner
Wade Kapszukiewicz, Lucas County Treasurer
Anita Lopez, Lucas County Auditor
Steve Steel, Toledo City Council President
Lindsay Webb, Toledo City Council member
Yvonne Harper, Toledo City Council member
Mike Bell, former Mayor of Toledo
Polly Taylor-Gerken, Toledo School Board member