Another clerk in New York thinks they can pick and choose which parts of their job they’d like to do and refuse to do their job for those they disapprove of.
Ledyard Town Clerk Rose Marie Belforti submitted a letter to the Ledyard Town Board saying that her religious beliefs prevented her from signing marriage licenses for same-sex couples and the board discussed Belforti’s letter at Monday’s meeting, according to John Binns, a member of the town board.
When reached for comment Thursday, Belforti said “that’s not your business” before hanging up the phone.
I hate the smell of Christian hegemony in the morning. See how it works? It’s none of your business that she refuses to do her job, but it’s her business who is sleeping with whom even if they’re in full compliance with the law. Heads she wins, tails we all lose. And though it’s none of your business, it’s clearly the business of Focus on the Family, with whom she did a full interview.
Why did you decide not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?
I am a Christian. God is the final word. He is the Truth, and I believe what the Bible says. When I considered this, God was there with me and I really knew inside, without waver, that this is not right. It is the law now, and I do want to obey the law because God wants me to do that, but personally for me to administer this application to a couple of the same sex would be very difficult. And I don’t think it’d do the couple any service to have me as their person, because it really, truly, does grieve the Holy Spirit that resides in my heart, and I don’t know if I’d be able to cover that up for them.
Then resign your position. When you represent the government, you don’t get to pick and choose who gets the benefit of your service based on whether your imaginary friend approves of them or not.