A former Broward County court specialist who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is suing Broward Clerk of Courts Howard Forman for what she believes is religious discrimination.
In the lawsuit, Yanicka Parker claims she was wrongfully terminated after informing her employer she would not issue same-sex marriage licenses following the Supreme Court’s mandate in January.
Parker, who works as a minister in Fort Lauderdale, has reportedly worked in the Broward County Clerk’s Office performing different tasks, including issuing marriage licenses, for about 12 years.
After supervisors informed her she would need to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, she declined to comply, citing her “Christian beliefs.”
The lawsuit claims Forman unjustly fired Parker for her religious beliefs, which Local 10 reports “would not have posed a burden to him because she was still capable and willing to perform dozens of other tasks that her position required.”
Parker was reportedly evicted from her home in July, and is seeking compensation for past and future wages, bonuses and benefits she would have received, as well as additional compensation for attorney fees, “emotional harm, mental anguish, stress, anxiety and diminished reputation or stature.”
h/t Pink News