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'You're an atheist - you can't get married'

From everybody's favourite de jure secular state:

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Marriage is a right that belongs to any consenting adults. But an over-religious court official in Virginia has a message for atheists and any other non-Christian: you have no right to get married if you donít believe in God.

Bud Roth is a court appointed officiant in Franklin County, Virginia. He performs wedding ceremonies for couples who go to the courthouse to get married. Atheists, however, have no right to get married as far as heís concerned.

When Morgan Strong and Tamar Courtney contacted the county courthouse to seal their love for each other after six years together, they were directed to Roth. Roth refused to perform the ceremony at the courthouse and only agreed to marry the couple if they tied the knot at his church. A deal was struck and the cost and date were set. Strong and Courtney would go through the legal part of the ceremony at Rothís church. Thatís when the whole situation turned ugly.

Roth asked the couple about their religious beliefs and upon hearing that he would be performing a ceremony for an atheist and an agnostic, turned the couple away. Why? Because they ďdidnít know where God was.Ē Thatís right, Roth refused to marry the couple out of sheer religious bigotry. Disappointed, Morgan and Courtney decided to discuss the situation with Roth and they kindly recorded the conversation.

Upon asking why Roth denied them their right to wed, he replied:

"Because sheís agnostic and youíre an atheist. I will not marry you. You donít believe in GodÖ I just donít marry anyone who does not believe in God [or] believes that there is a God someplace. So Iím not going to talk the issue over with you and Iím not going to argue about it, okay? Iím just not going to marry you. Correct?"
cyberman

The man seems to be a buffoon. I do note, however, that he is not an employee of the court or the registrars, but an "appointed" official. I'd like to know a bit more about what that means and how it works. How and why was he appointed, and can he be unappointed if he is getting it terribly wrong, which on the face of it he seems to be?
Sebastian Toe

cyberman wrote:
The man seems to be a buffoon. I do note, however, that he is not an employee of the court or the registrars, but an "appointed" official. I'd like to know a bit more about what that means and how it works. How and why was he appointed, and can he be unappointed if he is getting it terribly wrong, which on the face of it he seems to be?
Thanks, you saved me some keyboard effort.
Jim

Surely if he's an 'appointed' official, he should have no right to refuse a civil marriage if the couple have met all the legal criteria for such a marriage?
If I were that couple, I'd seriously investigate possible litigation.
bnabernard

Jim wrote:
Surely if he's an 'appointed' official, he should have no right to refuse a civil marriage if the couple have met all the legal criteria for such a marriage?
If I were that couple, I'd seriously investigate possible litigation.


The simple answers are always the hardest to find  

bernard (hug)
Jim

bnabernard wrote:
Jim wrote:
Surely if he's an 'appointed' official, he should have no right to refuse a civil marriage if the couple have met all the legal criteria for such a marriage?
If I were that couple, I'd seriously investigate possible litigation.


The simple answers are always the hardest to find †

bernard (hug)


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Yep.
Especially in certain parts of the States, it seems.

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