Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Texas AG under ethics investigation

Ken Paxton

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is now being investigated by the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel of the State Bar of Texas. The investigation involves the opinion that he rendered shortly after the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. The six page memorandum concluded:
County clerks and their employees retain religious freedoms that may provide accommodation of their religious objections to issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Justices of the peace and judges also may claim that the government forcing them to conduct same- sex wedding ceremonies over their religious objections, particularly when other authorized individuals have no objection to conducting such ceremonies, is not the least restrictive means of furthering any compelling governmental interest in ensuring that such ceremonies occur. Importantly, the strength of any particular religious- accommodation claim depends on the particular facts of each case.

The ACLU wasted no time reminding Paxton that government officials take an oath to uphold the Constitution.  Prior to that (and probably not at issue) is Paxton's press release on June 26, 2015: “U.S. Supreme Court’s flawed ruling on states’ constitutional right to define marriage, stating the next fight is religious liberty.” Because states' rights is such a compelling argument. Two months later, Paxton was indicted on two counts of securities fraud.

I do not expect this investigation to go anywhere. Paxton might be a Christianist moron but stupid is not unethical.

Whatever happened to Texas? This was the state that once elected Ann Richards as governor. Barry Goldwater was extremely popular in Texas and he was on the board of Planned Parenthood. Texas' plunge into insanity can be correlated to the succession of Ann Richards by George W. Bush. It has been all downhill since then. Bush has that effect.

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