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Maine Notaries Can’t Refuse To Marry Gay Couples

marriage-licenseIt’s rare we get good news from the National Organization for Marriage, but the anti-equality group’s blog has a pleasing update about same-sex marriage in Maine: Notaries public who officiate weddings can’t refuse to marry same-sex couples.

If they do, they could be subject to discrimination charges under the Maine Human Rights Act, according to an email from Cathy Beaudoin, who oversees the licensing of notaries for Maine’s Department of the Secretary of State:

“If you are a Notary Public who performs marriages and you refuse to perform a marriage for a couple due to a person’s race, color, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, creed, age, ancestry or national origin, you may be subject to a claim of discrimination.’’ wrote Beaudoin. “The new law authorizing same-sex marriage does not provide any exemption from liability for Maine Notaries who refuse to perform marriages for same-sex couples.”

According to NOM, several Notaries resigned after Maine residents voted for marriage equality.

Oh dear, where will we ever find the highly-skilled experts needed to stamp a piece of paper? Maybe there’s a few trained monkeys with some free time on their paws.

Source: Bangor Daily News

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Dec 17, 2012
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  • 3 Comments
    • Scott Rose
      Scott Rose

      NOM IS USING REGNERUS’S HOAX “STUDY” AT THE SUPREME COURT.
      SIGN AND THEN SHARE THIS PETITION:
      http://tinyurl.com/dyv498r

      Dec 17, 2012 at 1:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam


      According to NOM, several Notaries resigned after Maine residents voted for marriage equality.”
      _____________

      1. They are lying because noteries don’t “Resign” they just let their licenses lapse. But you folks at NOM, just keep on making stuff up if it makes you feel better.

      2. They origionally were telling people to refuse, HOWEVER, comments on multiple blogs, including this one, pointed out that if somebody got fired because NOM said that it was legal to refuse, it opened NOM up to multiple lawsuits by people who had lost income by taking their advice.

      Dec 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2eo
      2eo

      Frankly I am surprised they didn’t use the Sandy shootings in their release. They love jumping on the wagon of dead children.

      Dec 17, 2012 at 2:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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