CADIZ — On Tuesday, the Logan County Fiscal Court passed a resolution affirming man/woman marriage and religious freedom. The resolution, passed by a 4-3 vote, was in response to the U.S. Supreme Court striking down Kentucky’s marriage law on June 26.
“This is a great day for the democratic process,” said Commonwealth Policy Center Executive Director Richard Nelson. “Even though the ruling doesn’t overrule the Court, it does a great service to the citizens of Logan County who want to see their leaders stand for marriage and religious freedom. I commend the four magistrates who made a strong statement today.”
Nelson said that changing the definition of a timeless institution forces everyone to agree with this new definition even if it violates their deeply held religious convictions. “There is no doubt that redefining marriage has serious implications for religious freedom,” Nelson said. “Faith-based child welfare agencies could be forced to shut down if they refuse to place children in same-sex parented households. Christian schools may be dropped from federal student loan programs. And the conscience rights of public employees are threatened.”
The resolution states in part that the Logan County Fiscal Court “respect[s] the rights of individual conscience as guaranteed in Article 5 of the Kentucky Bill of Rights; and… acknowledge[s] that it is neither wise nor safe for government to compel its citizens to violate their conscience; and support[s] the principle of religious freedom in that people have an inherent right to conduct their public lives according to their religious convictions.”
Passage of the resolution simply makes clear that Logan County stands with its citizens when it comes to protecting one of the most cherished freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Richard Nelson is the executive director of the Commonwealth Policy Center, a nonprofit public policy organization. He resides in Cadiz with his wife and children.