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December 27, 2012

Some clerks in St. Mary’s to stop marrying people

LEONARDTOWN (AP) — Some deputy court clerks in St. Mary’s County will stop performing marriages when same-sex marriage becomes legal in Maryland next week.

Joan Williams is clerk of the St. Mary’s Circuit Court. She told The Washington Examiner that some of her employees are opposed to gay marriage for religious reasons. As a result, she decided those deputy clerks won’t perform any marriages. She said it’s a way of respecting their beliefs.

All counties in Maryland are legally required to start performing same-sex marriages on Jan. 2. Fifty-two percent of Maryland voters approved legalizing gay marriage, but some resistance remains.

Carrie Evans of Equality Maryland, a gay rights group, said there appears to be nothing discriminatory about changing which deputy clerks perform marriages.

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