Majority MPs: civil servants should marry gay couples

25th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

A majority of Dutch MPs think civil servants who perform marriage ceremonies should no longer be allowed to refuse to marry same sex couples.

The Freedom Party wants the law changed so that civil servants who refuse to perform ceremonies for gay couples can be dismissed.

The Green Left is pleased with the Freedom Party's decision, as the party planned to submit a motion forcing civil servants to marry both heterosexual and homosexuals couples next week. Green Left MP Ineke van Gent said, "It is good news that a majority is in favour of the Green Left motion to put an end to refusals by civil servants to marry gay couples."

However, Freedom Party spokesperson Joram van Klaveren says his party will submit its own motion.

At the moment, civil servants with objections to same sex marriages are allowed to decline marrying same sex couples.

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