A city clerk in New York has resigned because she refuses to sign marriage licenses for gay couples, and it isn’t the one who had previously said she wanted to refuse to sign them.
Laura Fotusky, a 56-year -old Republican sent a letter of resignation to the Barker town board on Monday, stating that her religious beliefs stood in front of her signing a marriage certificate to a gay couple.
“There was no protection provided in the legislation of Town Clerks who are unable to sign these marriage licenses due to personal religious convictions, even though our US Constitution supports freedom of religion,” she wrote in her letter that was published on the website of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms.
Nor should there be such an exception. You are a government official and you cannot arbitrarily decide which parts of your job to do and which parts not to do. If same-sex marriage is the law, you can no more refuse to grant licenses to gay couples than you can to interracial or interreligious couples — no matter what your religion may tell you to do.
“I believe there is a higher law than the law of the land,” she said. “It is the law of God in the Bible. In Acts 5:29, it states. ‘We ought to obey God rather than man’.”
The Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, Rev. Jason J McGuire, said. “It is unfortunate that when state senators were busy protecting liberal special interests and passing their campaign accounts, they failed to protect good people of faith.”
Can you begin to imagine the outrage if a Muslim DMV clerk refused to process drivers licenses for women because his “sincerely held religious beliefs” told him that women should not be allowed to drive? I bet McGuire would fall silent quickly in such a situation. “Constitutional freedoms” apply only to Christians, you see.
And the fact that this woman believes that the laws of the Bible are more important than the laws of the country only demonstrates why the people of her city are better off without her in office.