Skip to comments.Voters re-elect Ledyard clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses
Posted on 11/08/2011 7:10:20 PM PST by 11th_VA
Incumbent Rose Marie Belforti on Tuesday won re-election as town clerk in Ledyard in a race that divided townspeople and drew national attention over her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.
Belforti, a Republican, defeated Ed Easter, of Aurora, who launched a write-in candidacy some six weeks ago after learning of his opponents stance against the states recently passed Marriage Equality Act.
Belfortis position polarized residents in this mostly rural town of about 1,900 residents on the east side of Cayuga Lake. The township includes the village of Aurora, home to Wells College. By mid-afternoon nearly one-third of the towns 951 registered voters had cast their ballots at the town office building, an election official there said. In all nearly 500 residents had voted by the time polls closed at 9 p.m. The story was written about in The New York Times and The Huffington Post after it first appeared in The Post-Standard. The dispute also attracted national advocates from both sides of the issue.
I just came back from LA. Ithaca is still worse.
Greetings and best FRegards, BLL! Good to see you around.
His republican opponent ran on the "why Ithaca is ready for a gay republican mayor" platform. She got about 8% of the vote.
“I just came back from LA. Ithaca is still worse”
Seriously? L.A. to visitors think Beverly Hills, Melrose, Burbank, OC...but when I bring them to downtown L.A. and ‘outward’, you’d think you were in mexico.
As you, yourself, have just demonstrated, LA still has some diversity. Ithaca is consistently and almost uniformly far left.
For example, in LA’s last election, the Republican got 27% of the vote. In last night’s election in Ithaca, she got about seven percent.
I know two town clerks in Oswego County who resigned over this issue. They would not issue same sex marriage licenses. Both are Christians.
You know, with the stigma of Ithaca and NYC on us NYers, too many people (as in FReepers) consider NY a lost cause, and criticize us who are here for various reasons, blaming us for the condition of our state.
And yet, here this goes to show that Upstate NY really IS conservative, every bit as red as other parts of the country. The cities overwhelm us in the bigger elections, but here in the small town, we’re conservative.
Yesterday when I went to vote, the ballot was overwhelmingly Republican/conservative. Easily half the open positions had only one person running; a candidate for the Republican/Conservative parties and NO candidate for the Democratic/Liberal parties.
Likely Cornell University plays into it as well.
Guess I will have to destroy my grand father’s 20 gauge double bearing the name Ithica.
I KNOW NY gets a bum rap. I was born and raised there to 4th and 5th generation New Yorkers, and to this day know several conservatives leading quiet lives there, even in Manhattan.
I blame it all on NY’s being so attractive it draws libs from all over the country. The natives tend to be more conservative than the imports. We saw that writ large back in 2001.
They haven’t made Ithaca guns in Ithaca for decades.
Yippee! That was the first thing I read this morning at syracuse.com.
My Grand dad bought it circa 1935.
What’s encouraging is that the state is going red.
Here in CNY, we had a race for congressman that Ann Marie Buerkle won by a slim margin, defeating the Dem.
The North country would have been red as well, but there was a conservative candidate who siphoned off votes and the dem won by default. The problem was that the guys name was on the ballot and he was too late to have it withdrawn. He actually asked his supporters to not vote for him but rather the R candidate who would have won if the vote hadn’t split. They didn’t and the rest is history, but I’ll bet next time that district goes red for sure.
Now that could be that they rightly feel that their million votes will be wiped out by the sophisticates and Third Worlders of NYC, who run about 3 million votes, counting the dead and double-dippers, fake absentees, etc.
I feel that way, too. But I still get out and vote.
Thanks so much.