A Yolo County, Calif., clerk says she will exercise her free speech rights by giving a symbolic “certificate of inequality” to gay couples seeking to marry during a Valentine’s Day protest, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Some critics blasted the move as inappropriate; others say it reflects the conflict between Proposition 22, California’s voter-approved ballot initiative banning gay marriages, and constitutional mandates to ensure equal protection.
In Saskatchewan, a 70-year-old marriage commissioner is on trial for violating human rights rules when he refused to marry a gay couple as provided by Canadian law. His lawyer says to do so would have violated his religious beliefs.
“Clerk protests gay marriage ban”
Sacramento Bee, February 2, 2007
“Decision reserved in case of Sask. official who refused to marry gay couple”
CBC Saskatchewan, February 2, 2007