PLANO, Texas, June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Liberty Institute responded to statements from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton, applauding the State of Texas' commitment to protecting the religious liberty of individual government employees. Additionally, Liberty Institute offered to advise county clerks, justices of the peace, and other government employees who may have questions about their conscience rights in light of the Supreme Court's recent marriage decision. Liberty Institute has already had inquiries from individual government officials and is advising them on their rights and next actions.
"Last week's Supreme Court decision re-affirmed religious liberty protections for those who hold sincerely-held religious beliefs. In Obergefell v. Hodges, even Justice Kennedy's majority opinion recognizes the First Amendment provides proper protection for religious organizations and persons who adhere to traditional beliefs concerning marriage," said Liberty Institute President and CEO Kelly Shackelford. "We are hearing stories of employees being threatened and that is wrong. When there is a question of conscience, Liberty Institute stands ready, willing, and able to come alongside government employees and defend their religious liberty."
As the largest nonprofit legal organization in the nation dedicated solely to defending religious liberty in America, Liberty Institute is committed to defending all Americans' First Amendment right to religious liberty. For information, visit www.LibertyInstitute.org.
SOURCE Liberty Institute