With reference to your editorial remark about the offensive LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) flag: Please cite any location where this “offensive” flag is displayed upon public property by government authority (“Is the cross the next target?” ABN, July 16, page 4).
With reference to Larry Page’s remark about “obeying an unjust and unrighteous law,” please ask Mr. Page to cite the specific law that imposes incarceration or other punishment upon ministers or churches for refusal to obey (“Baptist leaders react to SC ruling,” ABN, July 16, pages 1, 7).
As I understand it, the Supreme Court of the United States decreed that state laws forbidding same-gender couples to marry are unconstitutional. I am not aware that any law has been enacted – at either the state or federal level – requiring any minister or church to perform any marriage ceremony for any couple of any gender or racial combination.
I have been authorized (permitted) to perform marriage ceremonies in behalf of five different states. I have never encountered any law requiring me to perform a ceremony in any state. It is my understanding that one cannot be punished for failure to obey a law that does not exist. Please correct me if I am wrong.