Hemant has the story of a couple in Virginia who were told by a court-appointed marriage officiant that he would not do their wedding ceremony because they didn’t believe in God, a rather blatant and almost certainly illegal act of anti-atheist discrimination. And they got it on tape. Here’s the conversation:
Morgan: … am I speaking with Bud Roth?
Roth: This is he.
Morgan: How you doing. I just received a phone call. I guess my fiancee had called up looking to be wed in Franklin County?
Roth: Okay, yeah.
Morgan: Okay… and why was she declined the service?
Roth: Because she’s Agnostic and you’re an atheist. I will not marry you. You don’t believe in God.
Morgan: I mean… but… so that’s your judgment on it, correct?Roth: That’s my decision. I’m not judging you. I just don’t marry anyone who does not believe in God [or] believes that there is a God someplace. So I’m not gonna talk the issue over with you and I’m not gonna argue about it, okay? I’m just not gonna marry you. Correct?
He has a right not to perform a wedding for any reason, of course, but not if he’s an official of the court. That makes him a government official and it is illegal for him to discriminate in this manner in that position. He can’t deny a government service to an atheist couple anymore than he could a black couple. He should be removed as a court-appointed officiant immediately.