Sunday, February 04, 2007

Gay and Lesbian "Certificates of Inequality" Issued By County Clerk

I love rebellion....

In a slap at California's ban on gay marriage, the elected official who oversees civil marriages in Yolo County will distribute "certificates of inequality" to same-sex couples on Valentine's Day.
Freddie Oakley, Yolo's clerk-recorder, said she designed the certificates herself as a way to ease her soul over having to deny marriage licenses to gays and lesbians...

...Oakley's "certificate of inequality" claims that California wrongly deprives gays and lesbians of the right to marry.
"I issue this Certificate of Inequality to you because your choice of marriage partner displeases some people whose displeasure is, apparently, more important than principles of equality," it reads.

Of course you can guess the reaction:

"The people pay government officials to implement the law and to faithfully execute the law ... not to ridicule the law and perform stunts that advocate the overthrow of marriage," said Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families, which lobbies on social issues.
Thomasson accused the Yolo clerk of violating her oath of office to "well and faithfully discharge the duties" of a county clerk.

Of course, Thomasson probably doesn't think his expectations that an employee will "discharge the duties" applies to "conscientious Christians" working in the medical and pharmaceutical fields who refuse hand out contraceptives, morning after pills, vaccinations, etc. I would further suggest that Oakley's action is quite different from the Christian medical people we have been hearing so much about - Oakely is not actually refusing to deny a same-sex marriage license as the law dictates - unlike the Christian pharmacist who actually refuses to perform legal duties in his/her job description.

Oakley further places the issue in its appropriate context:

Turning same-sex couples away without marriage licenses, Oakley said, makes her feel "like a good German, in the Third Reich, who enforced bad laws."

The certificate ends with Oakley's name, title and words of encouragement to same-sex couples: "May the God of your choice bless you."

You go girl!

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