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  • Voters re-elect Ledyard clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses

    11/08/2011 7:10:20 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 38 replies
    Syracuse.com ^ | 8 Nov 2011 | Scott Rapp
    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 opponent’s stance against the state’s recently passed Marriage Equality Act. Belforti’s 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...