Friday, March 6, 2015
New Bill Allows County Clerks to Refuse to Perform SSM
Republican Stuart Adams of Layton has proposed a bill that would allow a county clerk to refuse performing a marriage for a same-sex couple on the grounds of religious beliefs. There are two caveats, though.
1. The clerk can no longer perform marriages for any legal couple, gay or straight, as a government employee.
2. The clerk and clerk's office must provide an available alternative person to officiate the marriage.
This bill also applies to a few other similar situations. In addition, it excuses a few individuals from providing marriage-related services, such as a marriage counselor, to same-sex couples if their beliefs are against it. A baker baking cakes for a same-sex wedding is not an applicable example, as the article states. That service is not inextricably tied to marriage.