Texas Senator Cornyn sounding off on defying law of the land

Texas Senator Cornyn sounding off on defying law of the land

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage making it the law of the land across the country but not in the opinion of Texas' Attorney General.  AG Paxton advising county clerks that they don't have to provide marriage licenses to same sex couples if doing so compromises their religious beliefs. He also warned that the Feds could take them to court if they don't comply. Senator Cornyn doesn't agree with Paxton's point of view. 

"This is your job, as long as you're going to be the county clerk you can't ignore the law as determined by the supreme court," Senator Cornyn said. 

That's not to say he agrees with the Supreme Court ruling. 

"I was pretty disappointed in the supreme courts decisions last week," Senator Cornyn said. "I think what concerned me even more than what they did is the suggestion that people who believe in traditional marriage as a matter of their personal faith are some how bigoted or prejudice." 

Senator Cornyn said elected officials have a duty to uphold the nation's laws.

"As a matter of individual conviction, like my own, I believe in traditional marriage, that's one thing. If you're going to hold a public position like a county clerk you're really not operating as a free agent. You have a legal responsibility to do your job within the confines of the law even if you disagree with it and if you can't do that then you probably have to find something else to do," Cornyn said. 

He believes it's only a matter of time before all Texans come around and accept the new law. 

"I think eventually county clerks will be issuing licenses. Do i like that? No, I don't but I think if you're an elected official, if you're a public official, you have to follow the law even if you don't like it," Cornyn said.  

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