Calif. County Shuffles Clerks Who Oppose Gay Marriage

They ask for transfer on religious grounds
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2008 2:49 PM CDT
A protestor against same-sex marriage is seen across from the Sacramento County Clerk/Recorders office on Tuesday, June 17, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Some employees of the San Diego County clerk's office are being shuffled to other duties because they object to same-sex marriage, the Los Angeles Times reports. Fourteen workers initially posed "sincerely held religious objections," but sources said many had since changed their minds. Marriage-license business has approximately doubled since a ban ended Monday afternoon.

Clerk Gregory Smith said today the shuffle was in line with a local ordinance requiring employers to reasonably accommodate "the religious belief or observance of an employee, including the possibilities of excusing the person from those duties that conflict with his or her religious belief."