Pope Francis says government workers have the right to refuse to issue gay marriage licenses

Pope Francis told reporters on his flight back to Rome from the U.S. today that government workers issuing gay marriage licesnses have a "human right" to refuse to do their duty if it goes against their conscience. Thus, the pontiff directly injected himself into the Kim Davis controversy – the Kentucky clerk who went to jail because she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Reuters: Pope Francis said on Monday government officials have a "human right" to refuse to discharge a duty, such as issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals, if they feel it violates their conscience. Speaking to reporters as he returned home from a 10-day trip to the United States andCuba, Francis also repeated his condemnation of priests who had sexually abused children, saying the victims had been "crushed by evil". Although the Argentine-born pontiff delved into some of the United States' thorniest political debates during his...(Read Full Post)