I wonder if Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton somehow got confused about the fact that he was supposed to uphold the law, and not completely disrespect it. That’s about the only conclusion — other than he’s a hypocritical Evangelical Christian douchebag, and we just cannot believe those exist in Texas — I come to since Paxton is facing an ethics probe after being accused of telling clerks in the state they could just refuse to give same-sex couples marriage licenses on religious grounds.

The problem for Paxton is that this isn’t 2014 anymore; last year the Supreme Court of the United States struck down several gay marriage bans in different states, effectively making marriage a constitutional right. This of course infuriates fundamentalists who get really angry when we dare to extend the umbrella of freedom even a millimeter beyond their comfort zone. The fight in the states over gay marriage will rage on like the fight over abortion has, and people like Paxton will be history’s most proud bigots, leading the charge against humanity all the way.

What’s really, truly awesome about Paxton is that he’s also under indictment for securities fraud. So let’s re-cap — the top attorney in the State of Texas is already under indictment for breaking the law in one regard, and is now being investigated by an ethics board that thinks he committed a “possible violation.”

As reported on Daily Journal, ethics laws in the state take big exception to state attorneys telling people to break the law.

“Texas ethics rules prohibit any lawyer, including the Attorney General, from counseling a client to engage in conduct that the lawyer knows is criminal or fraudulent,” attorney Eddie Rodriguez said Wednesday. His Houston firm helped initiate the complaint.

Potential penalties could range from a reprimand to disbarment, Rodriguez said. (source)

Here’s what I think needs to happen: Texas Republican politicians need to stop acting so piously. Fiscal conservative and former governor Rick Perry is still under indictment and has racked up $2.5 million in legal fees defending himself against charges of abusing his office. Now we have the state’s attorney general facing not only criminal charges, but an investigation that might leave him unable to practice law in the state he was elected to practice law at the highest office in.

If I were a Texan, I’d be pretty pissed off right now. On top of all this stuff, a former prosecutor in the state was just disbarred for falsely sending an innocent man to death row. I get it, Texas is a rebel state and they don’t care about now laws, no how. But the rest of us do; adults care about laws. When they’re unfair they hurt people unjustly and cause problems in society, and when they are ignored they give people a feeling that laws only apply to those not in power, which is also wrong.

Sort your state out, Texas. You can be deep, deep red and still honor and uphold justice and equality. You can be conservative as hell and still revere the 14th Amendment for its protection against unfair discrimination, or at least respect the fact that most of us do revere it. Texas is a great state in many ways, but the glaring hypocrisy of their overly pious political leaders should leave a sour taste in every Americans mouth, and serve as a stark reminder of exactly how not to run a state.


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