Support religious-objector bill
Should civil servants, as a condition of holding public office, be compelled to give up their principles of faith on marriage? Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires all employers — including the government — to grant conscientious objectors with reasonable religious accommodations, provided that doing so does not cause undue hardship for the employer.
North Carolina leads the nation in the decision to strike a balance between religion and equal protection. It allows civil servants to opt out of officiating or issuing licenses for same-sex marriages if doing so would require them to violate their religious beliefs. It also protects them from being subjected to disciplinary action. However, it includes provisions to ensure that all couples allowed to legally marry are able to obtain marriage licenses, and that officials are able to officiate legal marriages for these couples.
As a diverse nation, we need to exercise tolerance and respect for our fellow Americans — Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and those of conscience who disagree with same-sex marriage. The U.S. Constitution prohibits discrimination, persecution and imprisonment of individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, or those who wish to exercise rights of conscience.
Americans should contact their members of Congress and ask them to support the First Amendment Defense Act (H.R. 2802), which seeks to mandate that the federal government legally respect the rights of individuals, businesses and organizations wishing to act in accordance with religious beliefs by leaving in place the federal funds granted to these entities.