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NY Town Clerks Who Refused to Sign Gay Marriage Licenses Whine About How They're Victims: VIDEOS


In a new video, Rose Marie Belforti, the Ledyard, New York town clerk who is breaking the law by refusing to process marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples, whines about the injustices being done to her as a Christian by having to do her job.

Two more videos feature Laura Fotusky and Ruth Sheldon, two more New York town clerks who refused to obey the law.

Fotusky Sheldon

The videos are part of NOM's new Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance headed by Maggie Gallagher.

As you may recall, People for the American Way has launched a petition calling on Belforti to sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples or else resign. PFAW says the town board in September failed to address a letter from People For the American Way Foundation, working with the law firm Proskauer Rose, LLP, regarding Belforti's refusal to fulfill her lawful obligations in line with New York's Marriage Equality Act.


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  1. She looks like a closeted lesbian who is envious that we are making strides where she had to "fit in with the norm" at the time.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Oct 6, 2011 1:44:19 PM

  2. I, um, wow. Somehow it make more sense now. If I don't have the guts to be a lesbian than neither do you!

    Posted by: RonDenver | Oct 6, 2011 1:45:24 PM

  3. If her Christian beliefs do not allow her to do her job duties, she always has the option of quitting her job. She is NOT entitled to refuse on those grounds. As far as I can tell, she is an at-will employee.

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 6, 2011 1:45:41 PM

  4. Oh, I get it. Somehow no marriage license clerk in New York knew that marriage equality was being voted on in the legislature? It not like it is you job to keep up with current laws or anything is it? For weeks it was on the national news and I’m sure your local New York State news media. I’m sure there was a directive form the governor or something…yup, there sure was. Quit lying, it was not passed in secret, in the dark of the night.

    Posted by: Gus | Oct 6, 2011 1:47:28 PM

  5. It is the LAW for her to sign.

    She doesn't have to like it, but if she isn't prepared to do her job then she should find a job she is prepared to do.

    Posted by: Dan Wentzel | Oct 6, 2011 1:47:55 PM

  6. She says the legislature decided "so quickly!" and "Here's this new law"....ugh. She can't "endorse" it by doing her job.

    She wants to be exempt, and wants to "put a deputy in place"....so is there a workaround already there or not?

    She wants to "work in her work place" and "respect the God" that she worships? How does signing a issuing a piece of paper either endorse the contents, or disrespect God?

    And she blames the way the law was put into place.....ugh. Excuses, excuses, excuses....and yet not one word about issuing licenses to divorcees, or adulterers, or non-virgin women!

    Posted by: Robert in SF | Oct 6, 2011 1:48:27 PM

  7. What Jack M said.
    If your job responsibilites clash with your beliefs, get a new job.

    Posted by: JimmyD | Oct 6, 2011 1:49:29 PM

  8. This is silly beyond words. I could understand her not wanting to officiate a civil ceremony. But all she has to do is sign a paper. What's so difficult about that?

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 6, 2011 1:53:34 PM

  9. So you go into government and then say the government's process and laws aren't what you support. WTF?

    Posted by: David R. | Oct 6, 2011 1:58:05 PM

  10. I believe that Ms Belforti, when she took her oath of office, swore to uphold the laws of the state of New York and the United States. No where in the oath do you swear to uphold only those laws you deem to be valid.

    Your religous beliefs are not addressed either. It is my feeling Ms Belforti should either perform the duties of her elected office, as mandated by state law or she should resign. Should she decide to continue disregarding laws of the state of New York and not resign then procedings should be started immediately to impeach her and remove her from her elected office. As I live in Missouri, I'm not sure what the process for removing an elected offical in the state of New York is, but I'm sure they have a procedure in place.

    As a society we have to follow the laws. I as a citizen do not get to pick and choose which laws I think are good ones and those that I think are bad ones. As an elected offical, she should be subject to a higher level of compliance that the oridinary citizen. If she disagrees with a law so strongly she is not able to uphold that law then she should work to change the law but continue to observe it as long as it is the law.

    Posted by: bsmart2 | Oct 6, 2011 1:58:53 PM

  11. If it's not a disability that prevents you from fulfilling an aspect of your job contract, then an employer is under no obligation to cater to your inability to do your job.

    Can't serve non-Jews? Shouldn't be hired as a waiter. Can't touch non-Halaal meat? Shouldn't be hired as a butcher. Can't advocate for the legal rights of criminals on trial? Shouldn't be hired as an attorney. Can't sign a legal document for all people? Then you shouldn't be hired as a town clerk.

    If the only thing limiting your ability to effectively do your job is your beliefs, knowing full well what your job responsibilities are, then you have no business being in that position and you should be fired.

    Posted by: luminum | Oct 6, 2011 2:03:43 PM

  12. If you don't like what you have to do for your job, get a new job. You're free to make that choice. Same as being a pharmacist and refusing to dispense birth control pills. Find out what a job entails before you sign up for it, airhead.

    Posted by: geneinla | Oct 6, 2011 2:06:49 PM

  13. These three women are a joke. If you can't do the job, then QUIT. Someone should take a page from what Todd Stave is doing in Maryland (Google him, too much to go into here).

    Posted by: brent | Oct 6, 2011 2:13:48 PM

  14. The only way their position has any integrity would be if they refused to sign marriage certificates for anyone who'd been divorced - since the bible has a whole lot more to say about divorce than it does about homosexuality. Yes, since we live in a secular state they would still be wrong but I'd be able to give more weight to their argument. As it stands they are selectively enforcing the beliefs of their own religion which begs the question - why this belief and not others.

    Posted by: marshallt | Oct 6, 2011 2:19:59 PM

  15. You have to follow the rules and in fact the Law. Imagine if all the christian soldiers (which there are many) in the middle of a battle field just put down their weapons and said to their commanders I am a Christian and the 6th commandment says "thou shalt not kill" . If you take a job especially a government job then you take all the responsibilities that come with that job. Do you have to like it...no, do you have to do it;...yes. or get another job. simple as that

    Posted by: Dorishin | Oct 6, 2011 2:20:56 PM

  16. Really, in all honesty, where in the hell do some of you get the idea that straight women are allies of gay men or have any sort of common cause with us and vice-versa?

    How can you possibly delude yourself with this notion when confronted day after day after day with examples to the contrary, such as this one?

    I just do not get it, never have, and never will.

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 6, 2011 2:25:10 PM

  17. WHERE is the state of NY? They need to act NOW and dismiss those not doing their job.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Oct 6, 2011 2:26:01 PM

  18. Could we possible debate the issue without stooping to discussing people's appearances?

    Posted by: SPOT | Oct 6, 2011 2:28:17 PM

  19. Somebody needs to explain to these whiny, evangelical pigs that the marriage applications are for secular, civil licenses. No one is asking these creeps to perform a religious duty but a civil duty. If they cannot uphold civil law (since, I assume, they know that America is a secular society and this is a request by applicants for a secular license of marriage) then they should resign. There is nothing more disgusting than these evangelicals claiming they are "victims". Typical of whiny, evangelical scum.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 6, 2011 2:30:09 PM

  20. In London, UK, we similarly had to listen to self-styled Christian town clerks whining about how as a Christian, it was beyond their faith to marry two people who wanted to commit to each other. It took a court case to make clear that there is separation of God and State in our town halls and while they are employed by the State they had better comply with the law or face the sack.

    Posted by: dminer | Oct 6, 2011 2:41:20 PM

  21. I wonder what these women would say if they went to have their drivers' licenses renewed and the clerk said, "no, my religion teaches that women should not drive. Let's go find a deputy to issue you a drivers license." I would hope these women would reply, "No, I pay your salary as a taxpayer and I will not have certain officials refusing to grant me a state license b/c their religion says they shouldn't do it." Working for the State of NY (and its Towns and Villages)is not a right, it is a privilege. As a NY taxpayer, I want these women fired.

    Posted by: Pete | Oct 6, 2011 2:41:44 PM

  22. My Youtube comment for one of these scary ladies is "waiting for approval" ..I doubt it will get through...


    Posted by: George F | Oct 6, 2011 2:42:21 PM

  23. Rose loves her job because she loves helping people. Rose is a tad picky when it comes to which people she helps. Rose needs a new job.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Oct 6, 2011 2:45:51 PM

  24. It seems that these three hags are asking for special rights. How...expected.

    Posted by: Mk_Ultra_Again | Oct 6, 2011 2:53:55 PM

  25. In New York, the salaries of state employees are public record. The combined 2011 salary of these three women is $77,544. By keeping people employed who refuse to do their jobs for 2 months, the state of New York has wasted about $6,000.

    Posted by: Bryan | Oct 6, 2011 3:02:40 PM

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