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.

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