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07/15/2011

The separation of clerks and state: Another NY dissenter

by Jeremy Hooper

A second NY state clerk has decided she'd rather put her personal faith convictions against homosexuality above the civil requirements of her job:

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Rosemary Centi advised the town supervisor of her decision earlier this week. Citing her Catholic Faith, Centi will no longer be marrying same-sex couples when the Marriage Equality Law takes effect July 24.
Guilderland Town Clerk resigns as marriage officer [CBS 6]

Unlike Baker, NY's Laura Fotusky, Ms. Centi will actually be keeping her job as town clerk and will still issue licenses, she just won't officiate any marriages. Which okay, fine, whatever: But she aint getting in any cake. Which just seems silly, the paperwork without the payoff.

Fortunately, today's New York Times brings word of all the state judges who are crazy excited to "I do" some loving duos. So don't be too deterred by these exceptions who are getting some press. On balance, New York is shaping it way towards prescriptive peace, not destructive bellwether.

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