Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Minnesota local government officials can't be required to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.

The Alliance Defending Freedom sent out legal memo advising Minnesota officials they can't be required to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples if it would violate their religious beliefs.
Alliance Defending Freedom is advising officials responsible for issuing marriage licenses in Rhode Island and Minnesota that they do not have to violate their faith or conscience by personally issuing licenses to applicants who are of the same sex.

Two new legal memos issued Wednesday in Rhode Island and Minnesota advise officials that they can delegate responsibility for issuing the licenses to deputies or assistants who don’t have conscience-based objections to issuing the licenses to same-sex applicants.

“No American should have to choose between their conscience and their job in America,” said Litigation Counsel Kellie Fiedorek. “The First Amendment protects Americans from being coerced to give up their careers to maintain their religious freedom. Religious freedom is guaranteed to every American, including those issuing marriage licenses.”

Fiedorek explained that the government can respect the faith and conscience of officials while providing no impediment to carrying out the law.
A few Minnesota officials have already said they will not issue marriage licenses.

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