It seems Republican state senators in Iowa are trying to get County Recorders to not issue same-sex marriage licenses. They’re trying to craft some religious exemption for those whose religion preaches to subjugate gays and offering all sorts of excuses for not complying with the law. Calls are being put out to Recorders to try and find anyone to engage in some civil disobedience and refuse to perform their duties.
Victoria Hutton of the Iowa Dept. of Public Health issued an email to all State Recorders in which she said…
“The [Varnum] decision expressly strikes from Iowa Code chapter 595 the language which limits civil marriage to a man and a woman and orders that ‘the remaining statutory language must be interpreted and applied in a manner allowing gay and lesbian people full access to the institution of civil marriage.
All county recorders in the state of Iowa are required to comply with the Varnum decision (following issuance of procedendo from the Supreme Court) and to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples in the same manner as licenses issued to opposite gender applicants.”
I am sick and tired of religious exemptions, and I’m beyond tired of it being a religious right to hate, subjugate and harm others. When is this kind of nonsense going to end? Well hopefully the Recorders follow this advice from O’Brien County Recorder Kurt Brown…
“It doesn’t matter how I feel. I just have to do as I’m directed to”