Govt. workers have right to refuse gay marriage licenses: pope

September 28, 2015 10:24 AM

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Govt. workers have right to refuse gay marriage licenses: pope

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE 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 and Cuba, Francis also repeated his condemnation of priests who had sexually abused children, saying the victims had been "crushed by evil".

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