Despite N.Y.’s redefinition of marriage, clerks still have right of conscience
Despite N.Y.’s redefintion of marriage, clerks still have right of conscience
ADF legal memo outlines freedom protections for clerks affirming marriage as only a union of husband and wife
ALBANY, N.Y. — Alliance Defense Fund attorneys circulated a legal memo Friday assuring New York State municipal clerks responsible for issuing marriage licenses that the law does not require them to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs. The ADF memo explains that clerks may delegate the issuing of same-sex ‘marriage’ licenses.
The memo was circulated in response to threats from top officials of the Empire State to charge clerks who decline to issue such licenses with a criminal offense–forcing clerks to decide between their career and their faith. When New York’s new definition of marriage takes effect on July 24, many clerks will be confronted with the conflict between a surrendering to a new job requirement and adherence to their own religious beliefs.
Subject: (New York same-sex ‘marriage’ legislation)
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