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Pope: Workers Have 'Human Right' to Refuse Same-Sex Marriage Licenses


ALASTAIR JAMIESON

Source:
NBC News
Type:
Media/Opinion
Date:
9/27/2015

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ABSTRACTPope: Workers Have 'Human Right' to Refuse Same-Sex Marriage Licenses - NBC News WATCH LIVE: U.N. General Assembly in N.Y. | Ex-Prison Worker Joyce Mitchell Sentenced Get Alerts NBC News Home Top Videos More Ongoing: New York Prison Escape Pope Francis Visits America Search Search Primary Navigation U.S. World Local Politics Health Tech Science Pop Culture Business Investigations Sports More Nightly News Today Meet the Press Dateline Secondary Navigation Sections U.S. World Local Politics Investigations Health Tech Science Pop Culture Lifestyle Business Sports Latino Asian America NBCBLK Top Ongoing TV Nightly News Meet The Press Dateline Today Featured The Freshman Year Experience Long Story Short 101 Show Me Flashback 30 Seconds to Know Debunker Multimedia Video Photo More From NBC Sports CNBC MSNBC.com NBC.com Breakingnews.com NBC Learn Re/Code Peacock Productions Next Steps for Vets Parent Toolkit NBC News works best with JavaScript turned on Feedback advertisement advertisement Storyline Pope Francis Visits America News Pope Francis Visits America Sep 28 2015, 8:26 am ET Pope: Workers Have 'Human Right' to Refuse Same-Sex Marriage Licenses by Alastair Jamieson Share Share Tweet Share Email Print Comment advertisement Facebook Twitter Google Plus Embed 1:12 autoplay autoplay Copy this code to your website or blog Pope Francis appeared to weigh in on the side of anti-gay-marriage clerk Kim Davis , saying government workers have a "human right" to refuse to carry out a duty if they have a "conscientious objection." While returning from his visit to the U.S. , the pontiff told reporters aboard the papal plane Monday that anyone who prevents others from exercising their religious freedom is denying them a human right. His comments are likely to be seized upon by backers of Kentucky-based Davis, whose refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples — in defiance of a Supreme Court ruling — has turned into her into a folk hero among some on the religious right. advertisement Facebook Twitter Google Plus Embed 0:25 autoplay autoplay Copy this code to your website or blog The pontiff was asked: "Do you … support those individuals, including government officials, who say they cannot in good conscience, their own personal conscience, abide by some laws or discharge their duties as government officials, for example when issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples?" He did not refer specifically to Davis in his reply, saying: "I can't have in mind all the cases that can exist about conscientious objection … but yes, I can say that conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right. It is a right. And if a person does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right." Francis added: "Consci.......