New York Clerk Resigns To Avoid Signing Gay Marriage Licenses

by Beverly A. Pekala on July 14, 2011

A town clerk in New York has resigned so that she would not be required to sign marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples. The clerk, Laura Fotusky, said she has religious objections to same sex marriage and intends on leaving before New York ’s gay marriage law becomes effective next week. While the New York law exempts religious groups from performing same-sex marriages, the exemptions don’t cover individuals, including government employees.

It appears that Ms. Fotusky is the first clerk in New York to resign over objections to the gay marriage law. In other states that allow gay marriage conscientious objection by government employees has been raised as an issue. For example, in Massachusetts justices of the peace threatened to resign after a court held that barring same-sex marriages was unconstitutional.  

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