I will get straight to the point, if you claim exemption from same sex marriage because of the Bible, then you are not following the Bible. This is what the Bible has to say overall:
1 Obey the government, for God is the one who put it there. All governments have been placed in power by God.
2 So those who refuse to obey the laws of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow. (New Living Translation)
Right there in black and white. In Romans Chapter 13, People are instructed to follow the laws of nations and kings. This is where the religious right has it all wrong. It reminds me of the conversation in Shakespeare’s Henry the Fifth, between the king and William and Bates. If the kings cause is not just, then our obedience to the king wipes the crime from us. This is what Roman’s 13 is essentially saying. You don’t have to agree with gay marriage but it is the law of the land and that is a law that you must either follow or get out of the way. This applies directly to those County Clerks who refuse to resign. Stop standing in the way, when your obedience to the law means you have no crime. You can’t pick and choose, if you want to go by the Bible, then Romans counts.
It is time for those who want to use religion to justify their actions to learn that it is a double edged sword. No one is saying you have to be a part of gay marriage. You don’t have to have gays in your home or over for dinner. However, if you are out in public, your rights are limited just like everyone elses.