Gov. Gregg Abbott

The pushback to the controversial Supreme court ruling on gay marriage has begun.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott fired the 1st shot across the bow today when he ordered state agencies to take no action against anyone who refuses to issue a marriage license to gay couples.

Calling the Supreme Court justices "an unelected nine-member legislature," Abbott wrote in a statement, "Five Justices on the Supreme Court have imposed on the entire country their personal views on an issue that the Constitution and the Court’s previous decisions reserve to the people of the States."

Abbott then announced his plans to issue a religious freedom directive to all state agencies, saying, “Despite the Supreme Court’s rulings, Texans’ fundamental right to religious liberty remains protected. No Texan is required by the Supreme Court’s decision to act contrary to his or her religious beliefs regarding marriage."

Abbott continued:
“As I have done in the past, I will continue to defend the religious liberties of all Texans—including those whose conscience dictates that marriage is only the union of one man and one woman. Later today, I will be issuing a directive to state agencies instructing them to prioritize the protection of Texans’ religious liberties.”

Abbott's directive encompasses all state government agencies and employees.

Read Gov. Abbott's full directive here.

  • Chitsngiggles

    Come through Barack!

  • Datsmdubya2u2

    Oh well my county in TX has already said their computers are down at the county clerks office

  • Trey

    federal law

  • fcksimplemindedppl

    im baffled as to why its ruffle so many feathers of ppl who are straight, me being gay. queer lezi, fag, trans doesnt have a direct impact on those who are straight. I would be more worried about myself because come judgment day because thats what im being judged on 'ME' not what others are doing........ if i like sprite and you like fanta.... thats fine more fanta for me.... what you drink isnt going quench my thirst!!!

  • eljjai

    America is in the fight of her life and 90% of the population doesn't even realise it.

  • Phillybruh

    When that Federal Money stop coming in they going change that tune!!!

  • CaramelDrop

    ????????????

  • http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=037EgQ9Lvps harley_quinn21

    ???

  • Datsmdubya2u2

    The Black Church where we're told we are beautiful we are smart and that we matter!

  • Chellie141508

    Yess Yesss Mr. President...My God

  • iWasteTime

    The President is giving us a word right now!

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    Cold world

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    Ho seat down, get over it...Federal trumps State...

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    Obama is speaking it....

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    Hello?!?!

  • Jozie723

    Lord......the Governer doesn't respect the government that HE is apart of?? We are the UNITED states of America. Your not allowed to choose to follow federal law. Federal law trumps state law......I think he should know that.

  • Datsmdubya2u2

    Call Johnny for an interview but not Jamal! Say that Mr. prez!

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    They wont like that...FOX is about to faint

  • Datsmdubya2u2

    He knows just futile grand standing for his bigoted base

  • Datsmdubya2u2

    They like why did we cover this? ????

  • NSYDEOUT

    He is. I see him inching in on this racial oppression. I need him to say it already. Thanks for calling out that flag!

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    YES...

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    This was worth all this 15 dollas Im giving Att for this data.

  • Datsmdubya2u2

    We dont need more talk!! Say that ish!

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    dont talk about it, be about it.

  • KDub

    President said he aint running no MO. He gonna preach on today!!!

  • KDub

    No moe comfy silence

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    He said Ya'll getting ALL OF THIS.

  • Datsmdubya2u2

    Nuthin to lose and milla fanga to any who dont like

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    I KNEW IT>..I knew he was going to bust it out

  • iWasteTime

    Got me at my desk shouting!

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    IF YOU DONT LEAD THAT CHIOR

  • KDub

    HE SHOWING OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chitsngiggles

    Barack is a gift from God.

  • Datsmdubya2u2

    Im all about the Right Honorable Reverend Barak Hussein Obama!

  • KDub

    WE ARE DONE here at work. DONE. In here shouting.

  • iWasteTime

    Pres said this my friend that was killt!
    Not on Tuh-day America.
    Called Roof a terrorist and all that!

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    IF THAT AINT MY PRESIDENT!! IDK WHO IS.....

  • Chitsngiggles

    I know that's right! Gone get your praise on!

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    Girl, Im about to break my chair, going back and forth!

  • Datsmdubya2u2

    As the ole folk say he done put him away real nice

  • iWasteTime

    And he just going to drop the mic though!

  • Chitsngiggles

    Michelle said don't forget to go greet the family. Wifey duties!

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    He gave ya'll the I'M DONE hand...Joe, you suppose come up behind him and drape the cape over him.

  • Chitsngiggles

    The Best! The President laid you to rest!

  • Datsmdubya2u2

    Teamwork make the dreamwork

  • Chitsngiggles

    Like a BAWSE!

  • Chitsngiggles

    I yelped when he said this! My God.

  • Datsmdubya2u2

    He pissed off too...

  • Carla

    Ignorance is bliss... And I'm not talking about the Govenor.

  • Chitsngiggles

    Yeah. You can hear it. He's tired of the bullcrap!

  • Chitsngiggles

    Hilary is there too?

  • iWasteTime

    We want to thank the Reverend President!
    Say that!

  • Datsmdubya2u2

    Yall caint go nowhere til the family and the Prez do sitcho self down

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    she better.

  • Chitsngiggles

    Bohner was looking up at the ceiling when the Obama was talking. He's such a dough.

  • Chitsngiggles

    *douch

  • Datsmdubya2u2

    Secret Service still not playing yo keep ur distance

  • Enoughsaid2020

    You guys notice President Obama has stopped saying, "God Bless America" He is tired of all of the madness!

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    where are yall watching it!?!?! Its blocked here on most sites :(

  • sunni_daze

    My man somebody standing up to this foolishness.

  • sunni_daze

    Everybody praising the president but he has done nothing when it comes to the issues that the black community faces. He hoodwinked and bamboozled and whole race. So what he walk with swag or smells good. That's all the black he has represented for us black folks. When the cops were in DC he made us the taxpayer look like we were wrong for the injustice and killings they did to our sons, fathers and brothers.

  • Carla

    Ignorance is bliss... And I am not talking about the governor. Second time posting, why is this being removed! Dissenting view?

  • Momar

    LOL!!!

  • M&M

    AMEN

  • M&M

    AMEN

  • BRING THE PAYNE

    ROTF!!!!DONT JAMES BROWN HIM!!!!

  • BRING THE PAYNE

    ROTF!!!!DONT JAMES BROWN HIM!!!!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Obama needs to issue a directive closing down the fifteen military bases in Texas.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Obama needs to issue a directive closing down the fifteen military bases in Texas.

  • Everclear1972

    If you're black white people are saying the same thing--about all non-whites

  • Everclear1972

    If you're black white people are saying the same thing--about all non-whites

  • Everclear1972

    I watched that at work--only three others in the office.

    That Negro........... PREACHED!!!

    I'm surprised Rev. Pickney didn't bust out of that casket.

    And had the nerve to lean in sideways when he started singing 'Amazing Grace'.

    I had to chuckle.

    If there was any doubt that Obama doesn't have half a fugg to give during his last 18 months in office he confirmed it today.

  • Everclear1972

    I watched that at work--only three others in the office.

    That Negro........... PREACHED!!!

    I'm surprised Rev. Pickney didn't bust out of that casket.

    And had the nerve to lean in sideways when he started singing 'Amazing Grace'.

    I had to chuckle.

    If there was any doubt that Obama doesn't have half a fugg to give during his last 18 months in office he confirmed it today.

  • LuvMyBrownSkin?

    LOL!

  • LuvMyBrownSkin?

    LOL!

  • Everclear1972

    Cause Bernie is gaining in the polls breathing down her neck.
    She's trying to show her face to make sure what happened to her in South Carolina in 2008 doesn't happen to her next year.

  • Everclear1972

    Cause Bernie is gaining in the polls breathing down her neck.
    She's trying to show her face to make sure what happened to her in South Carolina in 2008 doesn't happen to her next year.

  • Everclear1972

    He was there?
    I know his a$$ got sloppy drunk on the airplane.

  • Everclear1972

    He was there?
    I know his a$$ got sloppy drunk on the airplane.

  • Everclear1972

    *sigh*
    You need to back and learn civics like the other people who only vote during presidential election years.

    Your state and local elections are much more important.

  • Everclear1972

    *sigh*
    You need to back and learn civics like the other people who only vote during presidential election years.

    Your state and local elections are much more important.

  • Supanova777

    LMAO..I mean behind off......

  • Supanova777

    LMAO..I mean behind off......

  • 88

    We are doomed.

  • Wolfperm

    Federal immigration laws supersede state immigration laws as well.. and the fed government has basically ordered all local agencies to stand down. So you can't enforce one.. and blatantly ignore the others. This will be an interesting battle.

  • Stephanie

    Personally, I am happy for the LGBT community. However, I have to agree here with the Governer.
    First of all, why would a gay couple want to go to a place for such a special event in their lives knowing how they (church, caterer, florist) feels about them getting married?
    We all have to learn to co habitate with eachother.
    Gay people getting married is not going to affect my life, if they are happy I am happy for them. I am also however concerned for those who have religious beliefs, it's what the Bible says.

  • Stephanie

    Boo, you do realize your username is your an email address?

  • butchie4ever

    is this the same thing that southern states did after the brown vs. Board decision that desegregated schools? The federal government sent in the US marshals and enforced the law. If TX follows through with this, the same thing will happen...Us gays will be marrying in TX before the end of next week....

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    As of today Alabama is out of the marriage license issuing business. 5 other states say they will stop issuing marriage licenses too.

  • http://progressive-slacktivist.zz.mu/ Ronald

    Just another example of bible thumpers putting their religion over the law. What the governor did will not stand, the supreme court made a decision and a governor should not and cannot ignore a decision made by the supreme court not based on the bible or a state constitution. State Constitution or laws do not trump Federal laws and the constitution. The Supremacy Clause in the United States Constitution makes that very clear. What the governor did is illegal.

  • Meme81

    Le sigh...freight train is whistling and no one cares. Well, good book did say in the end people would say that good was bad and bad was good, so...anything contrary to God's word is in these days, I guess. No one in America can claim they don't know better or haven't heard some of the good word, cuz that's a lie.

  • Kim

    Can state employees who oppose interracial marriages for religious reasons refuse to issue marriage licenses?

  • EmceeMoose

    Wow! I can't believe the arrogance of some elected leaders. When elected, Governor, you swore to uphold the values and the republic in which we live, as part of the US. Had voters known in advance that you would openly defy the US Supreme Court, would they have found you so patriotic as to elect as our Governor? In the US, the Supreme Court reigns as the Supreme Court of the land. As OUR elected leader, not the leader of a minority of conservative extremists, you need to uphold the laws. WE the people, not YOU the person. The legal recognition of marriage of two people in a committed, loving relationship is now a part of the fabric of our country. Accept it. There is no harm, no foul to those who have no interest in marrying a same sex person.

  • Michelle

    Because some people dont want their kids to be introduced to their male teachers husband. They don't want their sons to see a man on his knees proposing to another man and think its normal. Its not. What kind of man lets another man stick his D up his @@ or shove it down his throat? They lay on their backs and spread their legs like they have vag!nas. That is sick.And they want to adopt kids with that freakazoid sh!t that they do? A gay man that wants to adopt a little boy is perversion to me. That's my opinion...

  • Karla Smith

    I applaud this guy's actions. I wouldn't want to give licenses to homosexual couples, either. I don't condone gay marriage, and that's MY right. You can't force people to do things they don't agree with...

  • L-word

    Texas you stand strong for what you believe just like everyone else is allowed to stand strong for what they believe!

  • David Black

    I hope other governors find their spine and stand for the moral stance on marriage. God only recognizes marriage as one male and one female and I agree with that. The supreme court stated their opinion, and we know opinion isn't law.

  • David Black

    I'm not stating you specifically, but in general this gay rights movement is not going to be satisfied with gaining EQUAL rights. Homosexual marriage requires special rights. And it includes fines to those that oppose the homosexual marriage calling it hate crimes. Equality in rights was never a goal.

    I will agree on this, there will be a judgment that we all appear before God to answer for self.

  • JohnStefanyszyn

    Mr. Abbott, you stated on June 11 that "Freedom of religion is the most sacred of our rights and our freedom to worship is secured by the Constitution,"

    Mr. Owens, also stated , regarding his stand against gay marriage, that the American Constitution ( i.e Freedom) and one’s rights were founded on “Godly principles”.

    Mr. Welch echoed the same stand in his following words… “Either we have the right to freedom of conscience and religion and the freedom to practice it, or we don't."

    Sir, do you realize that the FREEDOM, the religious freedom, that you believe in and worship, and claiming it to be from the One God, is the SAME FREEDOM that the homosexuals, the courts, and the American Constitution embrace and worship?

    The homosexuals claim this FREEDOM for their right to “gay marriage” and you , representing the religious Christians, claim this FREEDOM for your religious rights.

    Sir, are you aware of what this FREEDOM really is?

    .....this FREEDOM that you worship dictates and confesses that it is RIGHT, a right, to be free to worship ANY ‘god’ as per one’s self-desires.

    ...it states that all “gods / religions / beliefs” are equal in the eyes of FREEDOM...of this “god of fortresses”.

    ...is this FREEDOM therefore a “Godly principle” as you claim it to be? Is it not, instead, the principle of satan?

    True that homosexuality (gay marriage) is an error, a sin, a rejection of the Will of the One Creator...but so is bisexuality, fornication, adultery, polygamy, pornography, and the lust for a woman in the eyes of a man.

    BUT it is also TRUE that it is an error, a sin, a rejection of the Will and Preeminence of the One and Only Creator when when one worships the belief, the FREEDOM, that confesses that it is RIGHT, a self-right, for one to be free ( freedom of all religions) to worship ANY ‘god’ as per one’s self-justified “personal faith’.

    The One Creator commanded man to worship ONLY HIM. He forbid man to worship any other gods...for no other exist. In other words He said that man is NOT FREE to worship any other gods...for if in doing so the judgement and penalty would be death.

    The Lord Jesus Christ said that we are to worship Only the One Lord your Creator God and Him Alone to SERVE, as a slave, in obedience and love...love for Him first and foremost and love for, to do GOOD in accordance to the the One Truth, to the fellow man.

    Very soon, the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the One Creator, will return, as a thief in the eyes of man, to rule the earth in obedience and power as the One King according to the Will of ‘I AM’ and NOT according to man’s first love for “his freedom”, for his desire to serve and magnify oneself (XES).

    ...and man will weep and clench his teeth in intense anger when “his freedom” will be no more.

    The Lord Jesus Christ said to repent and serve Only Him, for He is the One True Way.