Nassau DA: Denying Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples Could Be Criminal

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice (photo credit: New York NOW)

Kathleen Rice, the Nassau County District Attorney who ran as a tough, law-and-order attorney general candidate last year, is warning clerks they could face “criminal prosecution” if they refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples after July 24.

In a letter to clerks today, Rice said the religious protections within the same-sex marriage legislation are “inapplicable to town and city clerks” and refusal to serve gay couples “may constitute Official Misconduct.”

Letter after the jump.



Nassau DA: Denying Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples Could Be Criminal