Monday, February 8, 2016

Recall Bill Metzger

“My approval is required and I do not approve of gay people or their marriages.”
Bill Metzger
 As reported on Friday — Bill Metzger, a Republican justice of the peace in Dallas County, Texas, has announced that he is refusing to marry gay couples. Metzger, who is an elected official, made his proclamation on Facebook:
As I said back in June of last year, because of my faith in God as a devout Catholic I will be only be conducting traditional marriages. Recently, I have been asked about my beliefs and stance on traditional marriage. I think it is important to point out that this is the law in Texas per Attorney General Ken Paxton's legal interpretation … As such, it is not true for someone to say they are required by law to conduct a non-traditional wedding.

We all know that a public official (much less a jurist) doesn't get to decide which laws he will enforce. Metzger, who is not an attorney, was chairman of a small credit union which doesn't seem to be a paid position (he remains on the board). What is at work here, in part, is an edict from the Vatican requiring Catholic politicians to frustrate same-sex marriage:
If it is true that all Catholics are obliged to oppose the legal recognition of homosexual unions, Catholic politicians are obliged to do so in a particular way, in keeping with their responsibility as politicians.
This goes on to arrogantly explain how legislators are obligated to oppose same-sex marriage. By natural extension, it applies to a justice of the peace who performs marriages. Office holders take a higher oath which is to defend the Constitution of the United States.

Apparently AG Paxton did not learn about Marbury v. Madison in law school. He was out sick that day. Paxton's idiotic opinion was already tested in the case of Hood County Clerk Katie Lang. She was sued and the county ended up paying the plaintiffs' legal fees in the amount of $44,000. The obvious choice for Metzger is to cease performing all marriages, something that he is permitted to do. However, that does not suffice.

It is insufficient, in this observer's opinion, because, if he ceases performing all marriages, Metzger doesn't get to say: “My approval is required and I do not approve of gay people or their marriages.” People who do this seem to want to express their power over us because they believe that we are lesser creatures. They want to shame gay people. There is also the fact that Metzger is a Republican politician and this appeals to his base.

Metzger and other self-righteous organisms who seem to think that we require their assent to live our lives need to hear an important message. Bigotry has consequences. A proceeding for the removal of an officer is begun by filing a written petition for removal in a district court of the county in which the officer resides. Mr. Metzger has disgraced himself and his office and he should be recalled.

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