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Religion Versus Government: The Current State of Same-Sex Marriage Licenses In the South

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On June 26, 2015, a few hours after the United States Supreme Court made its legendary decision to legalize same-sex marriage, many marriage clerk offices in Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Kentucky, better known as the “Bible Belt states,” closed their doors and refused to issue any marriage licenses. These officials held that their own religious beliefs would not permit them to issues licenses to same-sex couples, regardless of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the subject. Some clerks in these states even resigned from their posts. Continue Reading