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Second New York Town Clerk Won't Perform Same-Sex Marriages

Another New York town clerk has resigned from her appointment as Marriage Officer rather than perform same-sex marriages. Guilderland, NY town clerk Rosemary Centi submitted a letter of resignation to Town Supervisor Ken Runion, the Times-Union reports:

Centi "This was a personal decision," said Centi of her response to the state's Marriage Equality Law, which takes effect July 24. "I would think everyone who has a personal choice should be allowed to have that personal choice without any kind of backlash."

Runion, however, said as a government official Centi should feel obligated to execute the law, no matter what her personal belief about marriage are.

"We all take oaths to follow the laws of the state and the town and the federal government," said Runion. "Same-sex marriages are permitted under the law and it's our duty to perform them."

Earlier this week, a town clerk from Barker, NY did the same, citing Biblical law as her reason for doing so.

Meanwhile, the NY Times reports, judges from all over the state are signing up to volunteer their time to perform marriages for gays and lesbians on Sunday, July 24, the day the marriage equality law goes into effect:

As one of several dozen judges across the state who have volunteered to play an official role in the new law’s first day, Justice Raffaele is part of one of the most unusual judicial mobilizations in years. From Buffalo to the Bronx and pretty much everywhere else in New York, judges are signing up for rare Sunday duty.

If same-sex couples want to marry that Sunday, only judges would have the authority to dispense with the 24-hour waiting period required by law. And those judges could then officiate on the spot.

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  1. DDPGH, simple. Men being sexual together is for pleasure and bonding. And yes, it occurs plenty amongst animals, so it is natural. Yet, you show me one reason to justify the ridiculous claims from the Bible on such laws against eating shrimp, wearing clothing of mixed fabrics, stoning your children to daeth for cursing you, etc. WELL??!

    Posted by: nikko | Jul 17, 2011 10:39:00 AM

  2. @ Fritz

    Homosexual activity is any and all erotic activity between people of the same sex. Whether specific hetersexual erotic activity is equally harmful is off-topic.

    Posted by: DDPGH | Jul 17, 2011 6:02:34 PM

  3. @Nikko

    Are you suggesting that we should do whatever animals do, that animal behavior sets a standard jfor human behavior?

    Are you suggesting that the Old Testament covental laws are all of them 'ridiculous' because some of them are not easily understood out of their context by 21th century man?

    Posted by: DDPGH | Jul 17, 2011 6:11:15 PM

  4. No, obviously not, but homo sex is good, healthy fun for humans too. As for many of the barbaric laws in the OT, there's no need to understand them: they're vile BS and you know it. Don't pretend you need to "understand" harsh, violent laws in order to protect your fictitious, harmful beliefs.

    Posted by: nikko | Jul 20, 2011 9:36:49 AM

  5. @ Nikko

    If animal behavior does not set the standard for human behavior, as you say, then all that is left to establish the 'normalness' or morality of homosexual erotic activity is personal opinion. Certainly scientific research won't help validate that 'homo sex is... healthy...' as study after study concludes there are serious deleterious health effects both from the most common homosexual practices and from the mulitiplicity of homosexual partners most commonly present in the homosexual lifestyle. Whether or not 'homo sex is good' is another question, involving an objective truth, 'goodness,' versus another objective truth, 'evil,' ie that which ultimately causes harm.

    How much do you know of the history and culture of 4 millenia past? Capital punishment was demanded only in those cases in which actual harm would come to the whole tribe, later nation, by the apostasy of one or more individuals. Apostasy's destructiveness to a whole people cannot be discounted simply because we live under a different dispensation, under Jesus the Christ, and no longer experience so readily the destructiveness to a whole nation of unfaithfulness to the God who established it. The Old Testament recounts these episodes. This form of justice is not unlike today's
    seemingly draconian measures used on with military deserters, terrorists, those who betray their country, serial killers, etc, and unborn children.

    And yet... if there was a way out of execution, God welcomed it, saying that he does not desire the death of any person. He called again and again for repentance, and when pushed to the end of His patience by unfaithfulness, countless times relented due to the the supplication of the nation. These many episodes are also recounted in the Old Testament. But this all involves the reality of a Creator and His creation, and His interaction with the people He created, demanding that they act in ways that are good, ie not ultimately harmful to themselves or each other.

    Posted by: DDPGH | Jul 20, 2011 3:08:18 PM

  6. This is most useful to all of us.

    Posted by: caravans | Jul 29, 2011 4:19:56 AM

  7. I think in this case her only logical choice should be to resign her position. She obviously can't carry out the duties required.

    Posted by: Vi Agara | Oct 28, 2011 1:03:02 PM

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