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08/12/2011

After years of licensing any kind of straight duo sans morality test, another NY town clerk decides now is time for one

by Jeremy Hooper

Another NY town clerk is reportedly seeking a special exception regarding the duties of her job. The Citizen reports:

A town clerk in Cayuga County has informed her town board that because of her religious beliefs, she does not believe she can sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples, according to a member of the board.

Ledyard Town Clerk Rose Marie Belforti submitted a letter to the Ledyard Town Board saying that her religious beliefs prevented her from signing marriage licenses for same-sex couples and the board discussed Belforti’s letter at Monday’s meeting, according to John Binns, a member of the town board.

When reached for comment Thursday, Belforti said “that’s not your business” before hanging up the phone

Keep reading: Ledyard clerk won’t sign gay marriage licenses [AuburnPub.com]

"Not your business"? Well actually, if a government employee is questioning a state law and her "right" to both ignore it and maintain that same taxpayer-funded employment, then yes -- it is every one's Screen Shot 2011-08-12 At 12.42.01 Pmbusiness. Every New Yorker's business, in particular.

But honestly, I don't think these things are going to get much more play. Polls consistently show New Yorkers in support of the marriage law, Americans basically undertstand the concept of church and state spearation, and most people quite fully understand that employment -- any employment -- comes with prescribed duties. New York's increasingly option-deprived opposition groups seized on this proposed martyrdom early and loudly because it seemed like a possibily playable card in tune with our times. They miscalculated.

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