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New York town clerk faces bid for removal for rejecting same-sex marriage

Catholic World News - September 28, 2011

Roe Marie Belforti, the part-time town clerk in the little community of Ledyard, New York, says that she cannot in conscience sign a marriage license for a same-sex couple. A committed Christian, she has sought to avoid a conflict with the new state law by arranging for a colleague to handle marriage-license requests.

That solution was not good enough for one lesbian couple, who pushed to have Belforti removed from office. The goal of their court case is not to obtain a marriage license—that was already assured—but to ensure that a Christian who rejects same-sex marriage cannot hold this public office.

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  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Sep. 29, 2011 11:57 AM ET USA

    No, Samuel, the goal is to draw everyone into their evildoing. This is the modus operandi of the Father of Lies.

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Sep. 29, 2011 9:53 AM ET USA

    The tyrannical march of the Pinkshirts continues. It never was about tolerance with them. What they want is nothing less than for all of us to support their agenda. Anything less is thoughtcrime and increasingly punishable by law.

  • Posted by: Gaby - Sep. 28, 2011 11:50 PM ET USA

    What a misleading title! The lesbian couple's rights were never in jeopardy! And nobody is acknowledging that the Christian clerk has any rights in this case.

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