Art_Deco said“I did not, however, take that oath with any understanding that I would be required to marry same sex couples. It is my personal belief and a position of my Christian faith that doing so would desecrate a holy institution established by God himself.”
First of all, who determined that God is a "him"? How can a Supreme Being have a biological sex?
But second, marriage in the US is a civil contract. That's why a MAGISTRATE can perform a marriage, outside a church. This Magistrate is not a minister. What, did he think his governmental position had made him ordained?
When ministers do perform a marriage it's because this civil marriage authority has been DELEGATED to them, for which the State issues them an authorization. But they still can't perform a legal marriage, no one in the US can, until a civil marriage license has been previously issued through the proper channels. (Rare exceptions used to exist for voyages at sea and other extraordinary circumstances, that I don't believe are used today)
All the minister does is conduct a ceremony before witnesses to validate the 2 parties are in voluntary willful agreement, and to confirm it happened. Any religious trappings are optional and not legally required.
So that this NC Magistrate doesn't even understand his own job. He is (was) a civil servant, not a Christian minister.
We can then safely conclude that religion is NOT a requirement for anyone in the form or employ of US federal, state or local governments, .. executive, judicial, legislative branches, governorship, mayoral, county seat and law enforcement, then why are some people within our governmental system who cant seem to grasp the separation of their job duties and their religious beliefs? I am going out on a limb here and say, in the US beginning, it was the religions themselves that infiltrated the governments and imposed their will, "In God We Trust", why?
We could have a US president and speaker of the house and down the line that are atheists and totally, by the US constitution, separation of church and state, rightfully keep all religion out of government and the people who are employed within them by replacing the religious koo koos with all atheists. Religious people could then form their own businesses without influencing any form of government or their elections. Religious people would have to "elect" their own religious people if they wanted to keep their religion in a democracy-socialist society
This just seems to me, since the US was formed, a power struggle between the two, since the recent Hobby Lobby case, you can add the people of corporation into the power struggle mix mash, we now have the trinity