Marriage & Weddings: Recusal of Public Officials

This safeguard tracks whether there are safeguards for government officials (who license and/or solemnize marriages) to recuse themselves from participation if the marriage conflicts with their personal religious beliefs. Checkmarks below indicate that a state recognizes a right of recusal for government officials. (For more about data collection within the Marriage & Weddings group, please see the details here.)

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Note on citations:
Where multiple laws are cited, the link is for the first listed. To find subsequent laws -or- in cases where a state's laws are not possible to link to directly, use the citation number to manually navigate to the statute of interest. For more precise information on citations as well as our reasoning behind each score, download the full data set which includes additional research notes.