In light of the passage of homosexual "marriage" in Maine last
month, notaries and clerks of faith have a tough decision to make
-- but help could be on the way.
Even prior to the election, a question was raised about the
impact legalizing same-gender "marriage" would have on government
officials who issue marriage licenses and perform marriage
Carroll Conley of the Christian Civic
League of Maine tells OneNewsNow that in response, Secretary of
State Charles Summers, Jr. (R) has issued a guideline "that
notaries do not have to perform marriages. They are
authorized to perform them, but if someone wants to avoid
being a solemnizer of a same-sex marriage, then the option would be
not to do marriages at all," Conley explains.
Clerks face the same dilemma -- to either not do marriages at
all, or to do both and violate their religious beliefs. That means
a Christian notary public or clerk who wants to only provide their
services for traditional marriage ceremonies does really have an
"So what we're praying for is that we will find those
individuals that are not willing just to avoid the issue and enjoy
their freedoms and the benefits, but also those persons that will
stand up and, of course, with our national partners like Alliance
Defending Freedom … offer them the legal resources to make that
fight," Conley tells OneNewsNow.
The issue needs to be settled, states Conley, and the Christian
Civic League of Maine is encouraging government officials who
object to consider that option and make sure the matter
is settled before it fades away.