A city clerk decided to quit her job rather than sign same sex certificates. Citing her religious convictions, the clerk of a Broome County town has resigned to avoid having to sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples now eligible to be wed in two weeks in New York state.
“The Bible clearly teaches that God created marriage between male and female as a divine gift that preserves families and cultures,” Laura Fotusky, a Republican, said in her resignation letter this week to officials in the town of Barker. She said her resignation is effective three days before the gay marriage law kicks in on July 24.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who pushed for the gay marriage rights statute said Fotusky had no choice but to leave office.
“When you enforce the laws of the state, you don’t get to pick and choose the laws … If you can’t enforce the law, then you shouldn’t be in that position,” Cuomo told reporters in Manhattan today.
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