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View Diary: MD County Clerk reassigns deputies so they won't have to marry gay couples (258 comments)

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  •  My point is that this (1+ / 0-)
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    may be seen by citizens requiring functions of that office
    won't happen.  Those people won't be tasked with doing marriages at all.  That means that citizens requiring marriages from that office won't see them at all.  People requiring marriage services won't  see whether or not people they have no dealing with support their marriage.

    It would be WORSE if the Clerk did what happened -- and what was deemed ok -- in Walden.  It would be worse if the Clerk said, "you don't have to do same-sex marriage, all you have to do is refer them to another clerk without any discussion of explanation of why you are doing that."  That was specifically deemed a reasonable accommodation in Walden.  But if the MD clerk had done that, people seeking marriage would have gone to clerk 1 and have been referred to clerk 2 -- and they might have guessed why they were being referred.  That is not what is happening.  There are no referrals.  When a couple goes to that Clerk's office for a marriage, the only people they will deal with are people willing to perform their marriage.  There's no way they will "see government support for religious views."  They will not even see government ACCOMMODATION for religious views, because what this Clerk did means they do not have to see it.  

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