Gay marriage supporters are demanding a nationwide boycott of the federal government’s gay marriage recognition initiative, saying the measure is discriminatory.
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) filed a lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Austin against the Obama administration over its June 28 directive.
The order was aimed at allowing same-sex couples to marry in Texas.NOM President Brian Brown said the government has a responsibility to protect religious liberty, but he also said that “the government cannot force religious people to act against their conscience.”NOM said the federal marriage petition process is “unconstitutional” and “immoral,” and that the federal Government has a “duty to protect our children and families from discrimination.”
The group’s filing came hours after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he is preparing to challenge the order, which he said was designed to force businesses to accommodate gay couples.
Paxton also asked the U.N. to intervene.
The Texas case is a win for gay rights advocates, who have been battling for years to win marriage equality.
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