TEXAS – ‘James Jefferson’ a christian minister who refused to marry gay cousins; was told he had to either perform same-s*x weddings or face jail time and up to a $10,000 fine, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.
Jefferson claims he did not accept to marry Alex Thornhill and Adam Thornhill because they are cousins, not because they are gay.
According to legal experts:
If marrying one’s first cousin is illegal in Texas, the new ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States rules that the denial of marriage licenses and recognition to same-s*x couples violates the Due Process and the Equal Protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution, a situation which renders the legal status of same-s*x cousin weddings “unclear”.
Alex Thornhill and Adam Thornhill hope the minister’s time in jail could send a positive message to the rest of the country.
Mr. Thornhill said:
The fact that he refuses to perform his duties as a minister just because we are cousins shows how far America still has to go in favour of LGBT rights. Who cares if we are cousins, seriously? We will never have children anyways, so that is not the problem. The problem is that we are gay and that is the only reason he refused to wed us under God.
The couple has made plans to marry in another wedding chapel although they expressed their bitterness at not being allowed to be married where there parents celebrated their own weddings.
Local legal experts, believes the recent Supreme Court ruling over the marriage of same-s*x couples could open a “door of uncertainty” around the marriage of siblings and cousins, federal laws overwriting state laws, and creating a “wave of confusion” over legal terms.