Anti-gay marriage registrar ordered to resign
6 July 2004 , AMSTERDAM − Leeuwarden Council is demanding that a marriage registrar who has refused to officiate at gay and lesbian weddings resign her position from January 2005.
6 July 2004
AMSTERDAM − Leeuwarden Council is demanding that a marriage registrar who has refused to officiate at gay and lesbian weddings resign her position from January 2005.
The city council previously tried in 2001 to force the resignation of the public servant − who is in principle opposed to gay marriages − but a judge thwarted the move due to a procedural error on the part of the municipal authority.
If the issue comes to a court battle again, the judge will need to make a precedence-setting ruling as to whether a public servant with conscientious objections may refuse to marry a homosexual couple.
The public servant, identified as Nynke Eringa-Boogaardt, has refused to confirm if she will take legal action against the council's decision. She is currently consulting her lawyer.
Leeuwarden Council's decision to sack the woman was passed by a small majority, after the proposal was lodged by the Labour PvdA and the PAL-GroenLinks factions, Dutch public news service NOS reported.
"It would now be very fair if Eringa-Boogaardt resigned as a marriage public servant," local PvdA leader Amerins Dikken said.
The executive council − made up of the Friesland capital's mayor and aldermen and women − was in favour of allowing Eringa-Boogaardt to remain in her position until 2015.
The executive council will discuss the main council's decision later on Tuesday.
Gay marriages have been legal in the Netherlands since April 2002. The Netherlands was the first country in the world to legally allow marriages between same sex couples.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news + gay weddings