A town clerk in Broome County has resigned from her position citing her religious beliefs as running contrary to the state’s newly legalized same-sex marriage.
Laura Fotusky, the former Broome County clerk in Barker, could not stomach putting her name on a same-sex marriage license. Here is her letter of resignation.
“To the Town of Barker Board, Supervisor Dilworth, Attorney Lewis and the Town Residents,”
“I have been in contact with Jason McGuire from New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, our Town Attorney, Richard Lewis, and a Constitutional Lawyer regarding the Marriage Equality Act that was passed June 24, 2011. There was no protection provided in the legislation for Town Clerks who are unable to sign these marriage licenses due to personal religious convictions, even though our US Constitution supports freedom of religion.”
“I believe that there is a higher law than the law of the land. It is the law of God in the Bible. In Acts 5:29, it states, ‘We ought to obey God rather than men.’”
“The Bible clearly teaches that God created marriage between male and female as a divine gift that preserves families and cultures. Since I love and follow Him, I cannot put my signature on something that is against God. Deuteronomy 10:12 says, ‘…What does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.’”
“I would be compromising my moral conscience if I participated in the licensing procedure. Therefore, I will be resigning as of July 21. I wanted you to know my position as I understand the marriage law goes into effect on July 24.”
“It has been a pleasure and privilege to serve the Town as Barker Town Clerk.”
“P.S. I am a drama queen and not only have I made you read this sappy letter, but right now I am pretending to cry in front of a baby jesus statue.” Okay, okay…I actually wrote that part, but really who cares? There are plenty of people who aren’t so biased and need a job. So step down and go work at a church or take a shower “Crying Game” style and scrub the gay off you, just stop writing letters. Amen.
Here is Laura returning home after leaving her resignation at the office:
Source: NYCF Info