I'll go on the record that I support the secular re-definition of marriage to include same-sex marriage. That said, I don't expect any institution to perform a ceremony that contradicts their core beliefs (be it church or temple or synagogue or ... whatever).
I do not believe a bureaucrat working in city hall or in a registry office can refuse to issue a marriage license if it's law, anymore than an individual working for a natural resources department can refuse to issue a fishing license because they think fishing is cruel. Or can they?
Marriage is really the only religious concept that crosses over in its (near) traditional form into the secular world. There is no secular version of a baptism, communion, or bar mitzvah. Similarly, there's no religious version of birth registration, drivers' license exams, or social insurance number registration.
I'm not particularly religious as I don't have much use for the "big-box" religions, so an argument that says its not in (insert deity's name here)
This debate is not very cut and dry.
- More a question. Can someone working for natural resources refuse to issue a hunting or fishing license because they are opposed to that practice?