I haven’t written about gay marriage in a while . . . everyone who knows me, pretty much knows how I feel about the subject, so I don’t typically find a need to blog about it. But I came across this article the other day and it pretty much pissed me off.
Apparently, a NY town clerk wants to be able to delegate the task of signing same-sex marriage certificates to a deputy because her religious beliefs oppose same-sex marriage.
On one hand, I feel like it’s splitting hairs. As long as the marriage certificates get signed, I doubt many people really care who signs them. However, at what point does this end? What if the deputy opposed same-sex marriage too?
I’m sorry, but if you have a religious objection to something that is a part of your job, either get over it or get a new effing job!
If you don’t believe that same-sex relationships are moral, good for you. I respect your right to believe as you do. But how that conflicts with your job duties is not my problem, nor is it the problem any same-sex couple waiting for their signed marriage certificates. I’ve known Muslims who worked in restaurants and served pork. Should they have asked to “delegate” any pork related meals to a non-Muslim employee?
If she had a religious objection to interracial marriage (there are those who do), and she wanted to delegate signing the marriage certificates of interracial couples, this wouldn’t even be a discussion. She’d have been let go the second that request left her lips.
Everyone has their own set of priorities. If your religious beliefs outweigh your need for your job, quit. Otherwise, do what the taxpayers (um, yeah, even the gay ones) are paying you to do!