If you've been following The Wild Hunt, Works of Literata, and Hecate, you've likely seen that a local Pagan priestess was recently denied a license to perform legal marriages in Arlington County, Virginia. The clerk's refusal to give her a list of the ways in which her application was deficient suggests that there may be some discrimination and denial of due process here.
I've discussed relevant Virginia law at my daily blog, but I'd like to talk just a little bit about what Pagans can do when they find themselves in similar situations. The actions that you take at the beginning of a case, before you've hired a lawyer, often have a huge impact on the final outcome. (Full disclosure: I know Literata and consider her a dear friend. My understanding is that she took and is taking the steps outlined below.)
First, and I know that some of you don't want to hear this, when dealing with government and corporate officials such as, for example, the clerk of a county court, look and act professional.