A district attorney general in Tennessee recently came under the microscope for comments he made in 2018 for saying he would not apply domestic violence charges to abusers in same-sex marriages, according to Friendly Atheist.
Craig Northcott, district attorney general for Coffee County, made the remarks during a sermon he gave at the 2018 Chafer Theological Seminary Bible Conference, where he lamented that the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage goes against his personal religious beliefs.
Despite the fact that Tennessee law does not require a couple to be married in order to apply domestic violence charges — which carry greater consequences — Northcott said he would not hold a homosexual spouse to the same account as a heteroxesual abuser, because he does not recognize same-sex marriages as legitimate unions:
“… the social engineers on the Supreme Court decided that we now have homosexual marriage. I disagree with them. What do I do with domestic assaults?… The reason that there’s [enhanced] punishment on domestic [violence] is to recognize and protect the sanctity of marriage. And I said there’s no marriage to protect. So I don’t prosecute them as domestics.”
This is why people should “elect a good Christian DA,” he told the audience.
Northcott’s comments come as little surprise, given his history on the separation of church and state.
Friendly Atheist noted that Northcott previously said “that if atheists and Humanists and Muslims were elected instead of God-fearing Christians, then citizens are just turning their government ‘over to the Enemy.’”