We all have heard of Christians in other countries who have been persecuted for their faith--losing their jobs, families, and even their lives. Now many are wondering how far the persecutions of Christians in America will go.
Judge C. Allen McConnell of Toledo, Ohio declined to officiate the wedding of a lesbian couple this past week because of his "personal and Christian beliefs," as reported on The Daily Signal.
He apologized to the couple and asked the court to find someone else to officiate.
But now, according to the article, Nick Komives, executive director of the LGBT rights group Equality Toledo, had demanded that McConnell not only apologize but 'step down' if he won’t conduct same-sex marriages.
Judge McConnell has a long history of service to his community. His own law career started from his civil rights passion and activism. He is now being told by his peers that he must break from his religious beliefs and perform same-sex marriages.
According to Toledo News Now, some 20 elected officials released the following statement:
"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."
It is yet to be seen how McConnell will answer, but it is appearing that he will have one of two choices: Go against his Christian beliefs or step down from his job. Many are finding the bitter irony that a man who fought for civil rights decades ago is now being pushed out by those claiming to have a parallel fight for equality.
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