100 registrar’s won’t marry gays

There are some 100 civil servants in the Netherlands who refuse to preside over same-sex weddings, according to research by gay lobby group COC. The Bible belt towns of Bunschoten and Staphorst have the most refuseniks: five and four respectively.

The new cabinet has decided that it is up to individual local authorities to decide whether or not to employ officials who refuse to carry out gay marriages.

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