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Same-sex marriage law means notaries can't discriminate in performing weddings

There are 3 comments on the Bangor Daily News story from Dec 12, 2012, titled Same-sex marriage law means notaries can't discriminate in performing weddings. In it, Bangor Daily News reports that:

Notaries public in Maine who officiate weddings of opposite-sex couples and refuse to marry same-sex couples could be subject to a claim of discrimination under the Maine Human Rights Act, according to the Maine secretary of state's office.

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Love Maine

United States

#1 Dec 12, 2012
I feel the law forcing Notaries to marry is Discrimination. If gays want to marry thats their choice, as Notaries should be able to make a choice.
Let's not be one sided.

Norridgewock, ME

#2 Dec 21, 2012
They have a choice...they can follow the law or lose their commission and be sued, just as they would be if they were to discriminate against any other eligible parties. There's nothing one sided about it. Notaries represent the state not their own bigotry.
No Homo

Addison, ME

#4 Dec 30, 2012
I don't agree with gay marriage or the act of homosexuality at all. BUT A notary are duty-bound not to act in situations where they have a personal interest, impartiality dictates that a Notary never refuse to serve a person due to race, nationality, religion, politics, sexual orientation or status as a non-customer.

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