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Pope Francis said on Monday government officials have a "human right" to refuse to discharge a duty, such as issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals, if they feel it violates their conscience.
Speaking to reporters as he returned home from a 10-day trip to the United States and Cuba, Francis also repeated his condemnation of priests who had sexually abused children, saying the victims had been "crushed by evil."
Although the Argentine-born pontiff delved into some of the United States' thorniest political debates during his visit, he never specifically referred to a controversy over same-sex marriages, which the Church firmly opposes.
originally posted by: Skada
What ever happened to "Your rights end where mine begin"? "As long as your rights do not infringe on the rights of others." Oh, and this little gem: The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.
In my humble opinion, Kim violated that amendment when she started shoving her religion down the throats of others.
originally posted by: IridiumFlareMadness
a reply to: Skada
But she didn't. She just refused to participate.
originally posted by: schuyler
Kim refusing to issue marriage licenses is kind of like a cashier at McDonald's refusing to sell you a Big Mac because she is a vegetarian. That's her job. If she refuses to do it as a matter of conscience, then she needs to quit or be fired.