The following comes from an October 29 LifeSiteNews article by Father Mark Hodges:
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy told a Harvard Law School audience that government employees with religious convictions about marriage should resign.
The judge’s comment came in answer to a question a student asked about government officials who disagree with the Supreme Court’s decisions on gay marriage, or abortion, and if those citizens have the constitutional right to act according to their sincerely held moral beliefs.
Kennedy replied that no, they do not have the right to refuse to comply with the law.
Curiously, Kennedy cited as buttressing his point the fact that few judges resigned under the Third Reich. “How many judges, do you think, resigned in the Third Reich?” Kennedy asked, to the response of silence in the great hall. He answered his own question by raising three fingers.
At one point, his words made quitting sound noble: “Great respect, it seems to me, has to be given to people who resign rather than do something they view as morally wrong, in order to make a point.”
The justice admitted that Christians who must “enforce a law that they believe is morally corrupt” face “difficult moral questions.” “However,” he said, “the rule of law is that, as a public official, in performing your legal duties, you are bound to enforce the law.”