July 14, 2011
N.Y. clerk resigns rather than certify gay marriages
After the California Supreme Court ruled that guys could not be prevented from marrying and before the passage of Proposition 8 amended the state constitution to stop that, one county clerk found a way around performing gay marriages. That wasn’t going to work in New York, and so we get news from Reuters that a town clerk in Barker, N.Y., has resigned rather than be forced to say marriage certificates for gay couples.
Here’s why Laura Fotusky stepped down:
All that raises an interesting issue. It’s one that a friend and I have regularly disagreed on when we’ve talked about why I think gays should be allowed to marry.
Indeed, our laws should not prevent gays from marrying. But what happens when our laws force others to break what they believe our God’s laws? There is a simple constitutional answer, and then there is a much more complex one.