Former GA Police Officer Punished Over Christian Gay Marriage View, Hires Lawyers

The United States of America was founded on biblical principles and some of the “rights from God” were expressed in the Declaration of Independence and enshrined in the Constitution and Bill Of Rights.

The First Amendment to the Constitution is very clear that the government can’t prevent citizens from practicing their religion or prevent them from speaking freely, yet an increasing number of administrative and even some legal actions are being taken against Christians across the fruited plains of the US.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

A former police officer in Georgia who claims he was forced to resign because of his religious views has taken the first legal steps against his city and former employer.

The Bible is replete with versed that lays out God’s plan for Marriage. 

Genesis 2:24 – Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Mark 10:6-9 – But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

The former officer, a young Christian named Jacob Kersey, 19, who began working last May at the Port Wentworth Police Department in a jurisdiction just outside Savannah, says “everything was going well” until the start of the new year.

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Due to pressure and threats of possible future disciplinary action that might be taken against him, Kersey quit the Port Wentworth Police Department last month after he was placed on paid administrative leave on Jan. 4 after refusing to remove a personal Facebook post he made regarding his Christian belief about marriage.

Kersey said he received a phone call from his supervisor, who told him that someone had complained about the post and to take it down.

When Kersey refused, the supervisor warned him that failure to delete the Facebook post on marriage could result in his termination.

Kersey said he then was contacted by Lt. Justin Hardy, who told him that the Port Wentworth Police Department didn’t want to be held liable in a “use of force” situation involving someone in the LGBTQ community. Kersey still refused to delete the post.

The police officer received a phone call later that day from the police department’s Maj. Lee Sherrod, ordering him to come to the office the following morning, Jan. 4, and turn in everything he had that belonged to the city.

What was the egregious social crime this rookie police officer committed?

He posted a comment about homosexual marriage, on his personal Facebook page, during his personal time, off the beat.

“God designed marriage,” Kersey wrote in the post that was flagged by his superiors following an anonymous complaint, according to a Jan. 13 letter of notification he received. “Marriage refers to Christ and the church. That’s why there’s no such thing as homosexual marriage.”

Kersey was not fired but explained to Fox News Digital last month how he felt compelled to resign after he was told he could face termination for future social media posts that others might find offensive.

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Former Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., and lawyers with the First Liberty Institute who are representing sent a letter to the City of Port Wentworth and its police department earlier this week, as first reported by The Daily Signal.

“Requiring Mr. Kersey to censor his private, off-duty religious speech to remain employed as a police officer is an unconstitutional violation of Mr. Kersey’s rights under the Free Exercise and Free Speech Clauses of the First Amendment,” read First Liberty Institute’s letter, which was addressed to Port Wentworth Mayor Gary Norton and Maj. Bradwick Lee Sherrod, who serves as the city’s assistant police chief.

“The City of Port Wentworth and the Port Wentworth Police Department should issue a public statement committing to respect the First Amendment rights of its police officers and announce an official change of policy,” the letter continued.

The letter also offered to provide legal advice to the Port Wentworth Police Department as it revises its policy regarding the private speech of its employees.


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