Skip to comments.Same-sex “Marriage”: Accept it or Resign!
Posted on 09/27/2011 11:59:59 AM PDT by IbJensen
When the New York state legislature rammed through a law legalizing same-sex marriage this last summer, countless New Yorkers disagreed with the decision. Among them were Christian town clerks who could not in good conscience sign marriage licenses for a union they consider sinful.
Clauses were written in the law that supposedly protect clergy from being forced to act against their faith. However, such clauses do not apply to town clerks or any other government official.
Clerks are told point blank, either accept the law, or resign. Town clerk Rose Marie Belforti of Ledyard, New York found out the hard way. When the law passed, Belforti, a dairy owner and cheese maker, decided her Christian conscience would not allow her to sign same-sex marriage licenses. She did not deny them a license but merely asked that another official sign such licenses in her place. Since that other official is not always in, applicants are now asked to make an appointment.
When two applicants of the same sex did indeed ask for a license, the arrangement did not satisfy them. They were outraged by the inconvenience of making an appointment with the clerks substitute who now signs all licenses. The case has raised a tempest among the homosexual network nationwide. Indignant cries of religious bigotry and disregard for the law have been leveled against Rose Marie Belforti. Her dairys Facebook page now has abusive comments charging her with homophobia where once there were compliments about her bleu cheese.
In the sleepy town of less than 500 families, the local town clerk that normally issued ten licenses a year has been put in the national spotlight. Lawyers are threatening lawsuits against the unassuming dairy farmer. People for the American Way and the law firm Proskauer Rose are now co-representing the two applicants as they demand that Belforti either issue the marriage licenses against her conscience or resign. Online petitions are circulating asking that the clerk be dismissed.
Public officials cant pick and choose the laws they want to follow, cries an indignant Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way Foundation. If a public official simply decides to shirk the obligations of her office, then she should resign and be replaced by someone who will do the job and carry out state law.
Drew Courtney, a spokesman for People for the American Way points out: "She has a job to do. That job is to administer the paperwork and licenses of marriages in accordance with the state laws that govern it."
However, it seems the do-your-job-or-resign option only works one way. When it comes to the promotion of the homosexual cause, it appears officials can pick and choose which laws they want to defend. However, there is no indignation from offended liberals when these public officials refuse to do their job and carry out the law.
The most obvious case is the February decision of the Obama Administrations decision that its Justice Department will no longer defend the constitutionality of Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) banning federal recognition of same-sex marriage. The House of Representatives was forced to assume the responsibility for defending the abandoned law signed by then-President Bill Clinton in 1996.
The constitutionality of laws is, of course, determined by the courts -- not by the executive branch. However, in this case favoring the homosexual agenda, it seems the public official can shirk the responsibility of the office and flatly refuse to defend the law of the land.
A second case in point is that of Proposition 8 in California. Voters across the state decided to amend the State Constitution and recognize marriage as between one man and one woman. Since the constitution is the law of the state, state officials are obliged to defend that law despite their personal opinions. However, when the amendment was challenged, then-California Attorney General Jerry Brown and then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to defend the amendment which is part of the State Constitution. Defenders of traditional marriage are now petitioning to ask if they can defend the disregarded rights of the majority that voted for Proposition 8.
In the case of Rose Marie Belforti, she has not refused to carry out the law or grant licenses. She merely delegated it to others. However, in the case of DOMA and Proposition 8, the elected executives have unilaterally decided not to uphold the present law. No one from People For the American Way is calling for these elected officials to resign.
There is a double standard here that must be addressed. Obviously the uproar in New York is not about the principle of law that is supposedly being transgressed. It is about an agenda that tramples upon the conscience of officeholders, disregards laws and constitutions and ignores the opinions of majorities. It is agenda that forces itself upon the nation and is definitely not part of the American Way.
God is not pleased by evil.
Can the Government constitutionally with legislation force a Christian to participate in sin?
The Constitution would seem to say no. Needs to be challenged in court
Call this for what it is. A Christian “PURGE”!
The gays have such tolerance for others. Here is another fine example.
Tolerance Blvd. is evidently a one way street.
I wonder if this fluffer feels the same way about our govt and the border or whether FOLLOWING that law is racist and homophobic and all that fluffing BS.
Hell, they do it every day !
Let the Christian denominations appoint the clerks to honorary clergy positions.
That’s the whole point behind “gay rights” - criminalizing Christianity.
Does that include Obama and his DOJ team?
Satan firmly has this country in his grip! If enough people would invoke the Living God to come against the Evil one, perhaps we could return to better times. But first we must repent and turn from our many sins and honor our majestic Creator! Without God there can be no America!
I hereby call on Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way Foundation to publicly denounce Barack Obama for failing to faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, along with his willful failure to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, by refusing to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
After all, according to the theories of Michael Keegan, Obama should resign and be replaced by someone who will do the job and carry out the law.
What's that strange silence I hear?
Or if you’re Obama and it’s DOMA or DODT.
I would not sign them. And I would not resign. I’d make them fire me, then take my case public.
A story the other day had them gong after Christian-owned businesses.
It’s like the mark of the beast.
So if Rose puts on a Hijab and says she won’t sign the papers then what?
“Can the Government constitutionally with legislation force a Christian to participate in sin?”
Where do you draw the line?
Would it be okay for a clerk to refuse to marry a person that is Jewish to person who is Christian? Would it be okay for a clerk to refuse to marry an interacial couple?
Thanks a lot, Weprin.
I’m guessing the leftists would not say a word.
The whole point is to target Christians, and Muslims are on their side.
Wouldn’t it be great if she were dismissed and subsequently put back in office by the people.