NY Town Clerk Quits Over Gay Marriage Law

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A New York town clerk in upstate New York is resigning because of her opposition to the state's new gay marriage law.

Laura Fotusky, 56, submitted a letter of resignation to the town board in Barker, N.Y., on Monday. She said her job requires her to sign marriage certificates, but her religious beliefs will not allow her to in good conscience to sign a marriage certificate for a homosexual couple.

Fotusky, a Republican, has served since 2007. She plans to step down on July 21, three days before the state's gay marriage law takes effect.

The letter was published on the website of the Christian lobbying group New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms.

Another town clerk, Barbara MacEwen from Volney, N.Y., told local media outlets last month she opposed gay marriage on religious grounds but would follow the law.

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