Every magistrate has the right to recuse from performing all lawful marriages under this Chapter based upon any sincerely held religious objection.
Senator Jeff Jackson, a former prosecutor, told reporters such legislation undermine marriage equality and seeks to legitimize discrimination:
“In this nation, we as citizens don’t have to pass any government employees personal religious test in order to receive government service. And that’s exactly what a magistrate does – provide a government service. In the United States we do not condition government service on the religious agreement by the government worker,” said Jackson during a press conference.
“Government offices that are open to the public, must be open to everyone on the same terms, including the people who are gay or lesbian.”
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