Dutch senate removes same-sex marriage loophole, all officials must comply

June 5, 2014

The senate in the Netherlands voted on Tuesday in favor of legislation which will stop town councils employing registrars who refuse to officiate gay marriages, reports DutchNews.nl. The move shows Holland’s intention to phase out any right to resist the onward march of traditional family breakdown.

Currently, civil servants are allowed to refuse to carry out same-sex marriages. The escape clause was included in the initial legislation as a gesture to areas where strict Protestants dominate. Same-sex marriages have been legal in the Netherlands since April 2001.

All but one Christian Democrat senator and the two minor orthodox religious parties CU and SGP voted against the motion, which was passed by the lower house last year.

Escape clause

The change in the law will not affect registrars already doing the job; however, town council officials have the right to move them to other positions.

Research last year showed some 58 local councils employ a total of around 100 registrars who refuse to marry same-sex couples. Nearly all are orthodox Christians.

5 июня 2014 г.

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