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