LEDYARD, N.Y. (AP) -- A town clerk in New York's Finger Lakes
region who refuses to personally issue marriage licenses to
same-sex couples because of her religious beliefs has won her
Longtime Ledyard town clerk Rose Marie Belforti defeated Ed Easter, a write-in candidate who said he ran because he objected to Belforti's stance on issuing licenses. Belforti had 305 votes to
186 for Easter.
New York became the sixth and largest state to sanction gay marriage this summer.
Belforti said her Christian beliefs preclude her from issuing
licenses to same-sex couples. Her solution was to have her office
issue all marriage licenses by appointment so a deputy can handle
Belforti's plan was criticized by some in the town and a lawsuit
from a lesbian couple denied a license was being considered.
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