It hasn’t even been a week since gay marriage was legalized in New York, but already you have people of faith complaining that they won’t be able to do their jobs:
Barbara MacEwen, the town clerk in upstate Volney who is responsible for signing marriage licenses in the town, said she’s morally opposed to same-sex weddings and does not intend to affix her signature to any marriage documents for gay or lesbian couples.
“If there’s any possible way to not do it, legally, then yes, I would not want to put my name on any of those certificates or papers,” MacEwen told POLITICO. “That’s their life, they can do it, but I don’t feel I should be forced into something that’s against my morals and my God.”
MacEwen, a 75-year-old Republican, said she will be on the ballot this fall for a fifth full four-year term as clerk of the town of about 6,200 people.
… MacEwen said she doesn’t expect an uptick in activity in her town, which is about 30 miles from Syracuse.
“I don’t know of anybody like that in my town,” she said. “I’m sure that there might be, but I haven’t heard about anybody.”
Not signing the marriage documents will soon be against the law. I know MacEwen wants to play the Christian Martyr role, but she doesn’t get a choice in this matter.
If she wants to be a bigot and discriminate against gays and lesbians, she can go work for a church. They’re the ones who demanded the exemption to treating all people with dignity and respect.
No one gives a damn about MacEwen’s pathetic morals — morals that are threatened by two people in love.
If she can’t do her job, she can resign or get fired. Good riddance.