New York Clerk Under Fire for Gay Marriage Stance

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Several months after gay marriage became legal in New York, a battle is shaping up in the tiny town of Ledyard over gay marriage and religious freedom.

Rose Marie Belforti, the town clerk, has assigned a deputy all marriage license duties, telling Ledyard board members her faith would not allow her to sign a marriage license for a gay couple.

Her decision has angered some residents like Ed Easter, who has launched a write-in campaign against her in the Nov. 8 election.

"It is a very small place, so, no, I never thought this would happen," Belforti told CBN News. "I just figured everybody would be okay with it because it is not much different than when you go into the DMV."

"There are several clerks there and someone is going to serve you," she continued. "You don't go in there and say, 'I want that person to serve me.' And that is really what they are doing here. They are trying to micro-manage my office."

"My office is the office of the town clerk and that means many people may be working there," Belforti said.

"We all have different duties. So, what does it matter who does your marriage license, so long as you get it done. I don't see what the point is," she said.

Belforti has decided to stay and fight for her position.

But two clerks, also in upstate New York, have resigned from their positions, saying they could not in good conscience sign marriage licenses for gays couples. 

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