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NY DA: Refuse Marriage License To Gay Couple and Your Ass Is Headed to Jail

new york marriage license, new york DA gay marriage, barbara macewan, ny same-sex marriageHear ye, hear ye public employees who are considering pulling some bullshiz on New York Gay Marriage Opening Day, July 24 by denying same-sex couples a license. Your ass will be headed to the slammer.

“The Marriage Equality Act provides that an application for a marriage license cannot be denied on the grounds that the applicant parties are of the same sex and the law affords no discretion to public officials charged with granting marriage licenses. Therefore, any such refusal may be subject to criminal prosecution.

“The religious exemptions in the Marriage Equality Act are inapplicable to town and city clerks serving in their license-granting roles, and a public official’s intentional refusal to issue marriage licenses to qualified same-sex couples may constitute Official Misconduct, a Class A misdemeanor defined in section 195.00 of the New York State Penal Law.”

Got that, Barbara MacEwen?

(via LGBTQnation)

  • Wayne

    DUH….Can a Catholic garbageman refuse to get out and collect garbage because it may contain a used condom? Of course he can! Can he get fired for his refusal? Of course he can! Why? Because collecting garbage is within his job description!

  • Shelby Martin

    Wait you mean to tell me that theres a law that says you cant take away my right to have a marriage license? WHO KNEW?! Oh yeah thats right… everyone who was tryna tell our government it was our CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to marry who we want… 

  • Anonymous

    While I think throwing people in jail is extreme, you’re absolutely right; they are city employees. They do NOT work for the church.

  • Guytano Parks

    E*Q*U*A*L*I*T*Y for A*L*L will soon be a R*E*A*L*I*T*Y!!!…

  • Guytano Parks

    …E*Q*U*A*L*I*T*Y for A*L*L will soon be a R*E*A*L*I*T*Y!!!…

  • Steve Cardinal

    is isn’t extreme. thats what happens when you refuse someone a right which is now protected by law.