OneNewsNow, the “news” wing of the American Family Association, has an article about those terribly persecuted Christian clerks in Maine, where same-sex marriage is now legal. And it turns out they can’t discriminate against gay couples if they choose to perform weddings:
Carroll Conley of the Christian Civic League of Maine tells OneNewsNow that in response, Secretary of State Charles Summers, Jr. (R) has issued a guideline “that notaries do not have to perform marriages. They are authorized to perform them, but if someone wants to avoid being a solemnizer of a same-sex marriage, then the option would be not to do marriages at all,” Conley explains.
Clerks face the same dilemma — to either not do marriages at all, or to do both and violate their religious beliefs. That means a Christian notary public or clerk who wants to only provide their services for traditional marriage ceremonies does really have an option.
“So what we’re praying for is that we will find those individuals that are not willing just to avoid the issue and enjoy their freedoms and the benefits, but also those persons that will stand up and, of course, with our national partners like Alliance Defending Freedom … offer them the legal resources to make that fight,” Conley tells OneNewsNow.
Sorry, not gonna work. A government clerk can no more discriminate in their overseeing marriage ceremonies than they could refuse to issue driver’s licenses to black people or only give hunting permits to men. Their job is to carry out the law and they don’t get an exemption from that just because their imaginary deity doesn’t like someone.
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