N.Y. clerk quits over gay marriage

N.Y. clerk quits over gay marriage

Postby quickiewle » Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:27 pm

The inevitable fallout from New York's recent gay-marriage decision.
I just have to say to this woman, go... no one's stopping you.

From politico.com

N.Y. clerk quits over gay marriage

By REID J. EPSTEIN | 7/12/11 11:59 AM EDT

A rural New York town clerk has resigned her post rather than grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

“I would be compromising my moral conscience by participating in licensing same-sex couples,” Laura Fotusky, the clerk of the Town of Barker, told POLITICO. “I had to choose between my job and my god.”




Fotusky, a 56-year-old twice-elected Republican in the town of about 2,700 people about 10 miles north of Binghamton, posted her resignation letter to the Web site of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, a group that describes itself as “dedicated to influencing legislation and legislators for the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Fotusky, whose resignation is effective July 21, three days before legal gay marriage takes effect in New York, said she has no plans after she leaves her office, which paid $24,205 last year.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen next,” she said. “I just knew that I needed to obey God.”

Fotusky follows in the footsteps of Barbara MacEwen, the town clerk in Volney, N.Y., who said last month she was determined not to grant any gay marriage licenses. MacEwen ultimately relented and said she would arrange for deputy clerks to sign the documents.

Fotusky quoted the Bible in her resignation letter, writing, “The Bible clearly teaches that God created marriage between male and female as a divine gift that preserves families and cultures. “Since I love and follow Him, I cannot put my signature on something that is against God.”
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Re: N.Y. clerk quits over gay marriage

Postby English Nick » Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:19 am

It's a free country. I'm sure there are plenty of people who will be willing to do the job.
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Re: N.Y. clerk quits over gay marriage

Postby quickiewle » Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:59 pm

English Nick wrote:It's a free country. I'm sure there are plenty of people who will be willing to do the job.

Yep, and speaking as a minister I hope to be one of the first in my state to marry a gay couple on the inevitable happy day when it is legal.
Addendum: on the same page with the article you cited about Nancy Grace was the following, which was funny and poignant at the same time.

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" The papal decree—which authorizes priests to administer the sacrament of holy matrimony to same-sex partners and explicitly states that "homosexual relations between two consenting adults is not, and never has been, a sin"—was reportedly a direct result of the pope sharing an afternoon of engaging conversation and hearty laughter with the gay couple."

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Tony and Craig, whom Vatican officials called "a truly great match."

I want to live in a world where this is real.
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