NY town clerk may lose job for refusing to issue marriage license to same-sex couple

Town Clerk Rose Marie Belforti

People for the American Way has called for the resignation of a town clerk in Upstate New York because she has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

On Aug. 30, Ledyard Town Clerk Rose Marie Belforti refused to issue a license to a lesbian couple. Ledyard is southwest of Syracuse in the Finger Lakes Region of the state.

Because of her opposition to marriage equality, Belforti delegated the job of issuing all marriage licenses to a subordinate. She turned the couple away and said they’d have to return another day.

In an interview with the right-wing Christian website CitizenLink, which is affiliated with Focus on the Family. Belforti said she objects to same-sex marriage because it could lead to bestiality. Ironically, the site used a picture of the clerk with her cow.

The women turned to PFAW.

—  David Taffet

WATCH: The hatred of Gov. Rick Perry’s BFF, the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer

Bryan Fischer

Bryan Fischer is the director of issues analysis for the American Family Association, which is funding Gov. Rick Perry’s Day of Prayer event at Reliant Stadium in Houston on Aug. 6.

Right Wing Watch has posted the above compilation of clips from Fischer’s radio show, featuring some of his most precious “issues analysis.” (Read RWW’s full report on Fischer here.)

Meanwhile, on Thursday night, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell took a look at Fischer’s hatred in the context of Perry’s decision to partner with the AFA for the Day of Prayer. Peter Montgomery, a senior fellow at People for the American Way, has this to say in the video below: “In his [Fischer's] world, gays are Nazis who should be prevented from holding office in the United States. President Obama is a fascist dictator. The constitution does not apply to Muslims — they should be deported from the country. Native Americans deserve to be killed and thrown off their land because they didn’t convert to Christianity quickly enough. People can read our report and see that this is the kind of stuff that’s on Bryan Fischer’s show all the time, and it’s outrageous that Gov. Perry chose them to sponsor and pay for his divisive and exclusionary event.”

UPDATE: Fischer says he believes criticism of Perry’s AFA-funded Day of Prayer amounts to “a hate crime.” We’ve posted video of those remarks after the jump.

—  John Wright