No to gay unions may lead to loss of duties
Equal Treatment Commission is asking that civil servants who object to gay marriages be forbidden from officiating at any marriages.16 April 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - The Equal Treatment Commission says local councils should exclude civil servants who object to gay marriages from officiating at any marriages.
The commission says that civil servants who object on principle to gay unions should not lose their jobs, but that they should no longer perform marriages.
Current government thinking is that, while gay marriage should be possible in every local council, care should be taken not to punish civil servants who object because of their personal beliefs.
But the Christian Democrat (CDA) and the Christian Union parties have criticised the commission's position.
The CDA believes a local council should arrange for a replacement to conduct a gay marriage if the usual civil servant objects to conducting such a ceremony. The Christian Union says that the commission is setting itself up as a kind of 'thought police' and that its opinion is tantamount to banning certain individuals from doing their job.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]