Skip to comments.New York clerk faces lawsuit for refusing to sign same-sex ‘marriage’ license
Posted on 09/30/2011 2:25:03 PM PDT by NYer
LEDYARD, NY, September 29, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Another town clerk in New York may lose her job for refusing to sign marriage licenses for same sex couples, the New York Times reports.
Fifty-seven-year-old Rose Marie Belforti has been the town clerk in the small rural town of Ledyard, New York for ten years.
When the state of New York legalized homosexual marriage this past summer, Belforti decided that she could not reconcile signing same-sex marriage licenses with her Christian faith. Instead, she decided to delegate the task to a deputy, who would issue such licenses by appointment.
Now, a lesbian couple is threatening to sue Belforti for discrimination.
To have her basically telling us to get in the back of the line is just not acceptable, said Katie Carmichael, who owns a farm in nearby Springport with her partner, Deirdre DiBaggio.
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Deborah Liu, the general counsel for the People for the American Way Foundation, which is representing Carmichael and DiBaggio, claimed: We totally respect everyones right to have their own personal beliefs, but added that Belfarti cannot relieve herself from doing a major part of her duties.
Belforti plans to fight for her right to retain her position without violating her conscience. She has obtained representation with the Alliance Defense Fund.
This is about religious freedom, she told the Times, citing the first chapter of Romans. This is not about trashing gay people.
In addition to a possible lawsuit, she now faces a challenger in the next election. Ledyard resident Ed Easter says he wants to give the town a chance to vote Belfarti out of office because of her actions.
Belforti is not the first clerk to face the loss of her job in the aftermath of New Yorks new same-sex marriage law.
Laura Fotusky of Barker, and Rosemary Centi of Guilderland both resigned in July when the law went into effect. A third woman, Barbara MacEwen, announced in June that she would not sign licenses for same-sex couples in upstate Volney, where she serves as clerk. MacEwen said that she has written to her senator for help.
It's already starting. Just look at the U.K. if you want to see where we'll be in a short time.
Activists are already starting to demand this since ministers are made agents of the state for purposes of finalizing the marriage ceremony, they must be made obligated to the requirements of the state as far as marriage recognition. Mark my words, within two years, churches will be threatened with performing fake same-sex "marriages" or the pastor will be prevented from performing any marriages at all. That, or the church will lose it's tax exempt status - possibly both.
The New York "religious protection" amendments to the marriage law are not severable (how convenient for the sodomites,) so if one is found "unconstitutional" by an activist judge they all go down the drain.
Will Islamic mosques and Moslem clerks be required to comply as well I wonder?
“Now, a lesbian couple is threatening to sue Belforti for discrimination.”
Even though they will still get their license, they want revenge against Belforti. Yet they are discriminating against Belforti for HER beliefs.
Do you know any gay people? just askin’ I don’t. You seem like you lived in San Francisco or somewhere very homosexual.
I live on the east coast and yes, I've known and worked with gay people and never encountered a problem with any of them, nor did I expect to. It isn't individuals or their choice of sexual partners that aggravates me but the homosexual advocacy 'movement' that has turned homosexual behavior from something to be ashamed of to something now treated by the media as if it were somehow noble and uplifting, which is hardly the case. My comments on this thread are based on my observation of the way homosexual behavior has been treated over the years (from shunned to celebrated - by some, anyway) and represents my opinion on how and why U.S. society has moved from a repulsion with homosexual behavior to a quasi-embrace of such behavior that mistakenly assumes it's an immutable genetic trait and so, any criticism of homosexual behavior is deemed 'bigotry' and laws based on human biology are cast aside under the guise of 'equality' for those who desire to 'marry' a person of the same sex.
Obviously, I don't agree with this change because, as I've stated, homosexual behavior is not 'normal' by any stretch of the imagination and it certainly isn't healthy, as statistics prove. Unfortunately, those statistics are never mentioned by the folks advocating for homosexual behavior to be included in our children's elementary school lessons. Although the rise of homosexual behavior from being shunned to celebrated is a thorn in my side, it is not my main focus. Politics are my main concern. Because the actual homosexual population is ridiculously small, it rankles me to see how they've been able to manipulate public opinion, with the eager help of the media, academia, show business (mainly, movies & TV) and the adoption of the 'civil rights' mantle from black Americans, who actually had a civil rights beef. Today, even the U.S. military is open to people wishing to engage in sex with the same gender. I can't imagine that will have a good effect on our military.
I don't necessary want to make homosexual behavior illegal again or throw stones (literally or figuratively) at those who wish to practice such behavior. I simply wish that more Americans saw the downside to this national pretense that a sexual perversion is 'normal' and worthy of 'special' legal protections. Unfortunately, those legal protections are growing into a weapon to punish people that don't condone such behavior or same-sex 'marriage', even on religious grounds. Town clerks, when they demur on issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples, being ordered to "do it or be fired" may be legal and proper but it seems to be getting awfully close to an authoritarian rule that stomps on individual religious beliefs. I've often wondered how quick these smug Town Attorneys would be to demand a faithful Muslim, whose religion views homosexual behavior as a sin punishable by death, to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple or resign, immediately. I know that will never happen but it is an interesting hypothetical.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled political discussions.