D.C. Chief Judge’s Advice for Couples planning to wed
March 04, 2010
As reported by Lou Chibbaro Jr. in dcagenda:
AGENDA: To the extent that you can comment, in other states officials are allowed to decline to perform a marriage of a same-sex couple if it is against their religious beliefs. Can the officials do that here?
SATTERFIELD: You know the law, as I understand it in the District of Columbia, does not allow that when it comes to employees of the court — it does for clergy and others. It allows them to decline. It doesn’t allow for our folk to do so. While I don’t discuss personnel matters, what I will say is this: We expect to have anyone doing and officiating weddings to be officiating all weddings.
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