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"A town clerk in Ledyard, N.Y., is standing in the way of letting a same-sex couple tie the knot, even though the state legalized marriage equality in June.
Rose Marie Belforti, the town clerk for the small town of Ledyard, has publicly stated that she will not sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples and refused to do so for Katie Carmichael and Deirdre DiBiaggio on Aug. 30.
"This is no better than separate but equal," Carmichael told The Huffington Post. "We do not want to have to go in there on another day and be treated like a second-class citizen."
Shortly after New York legalized marriage equality, Carmichael and DiBiaggio began making plans to wed.
But Belforti, the publicly elected official responsible for issuing marriage licenses, refused to issue one herself and told the couple to make an appointment with a deputy town clerk. There's just one problem: There is no deputy town clerk.
Belforti has cited religious reasons that prevent her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She is now reportedly not offering marriage licenses to opposite-sex couples either, except by appointment.
The town's government is behind Belforti, saying it cannot force her to issue licenses. Carmichael warned that support could potentially make the town complicit in breaking the law..."
- Ledyard Court
Ledyard, New York town officials; Town Supervisor Mark Jordan
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Ledyard, New York town officials.
To Whom It May Concern:
As you know, New York State's Marriage Equality act amends the Domestic Relations Law to provide for marriage between members of the same sex. Recently your Town Clerk Rose Marie Belforti refused to issue a marriage license to American citizens Katie Carmichael and Deirdre DiBiaggio on August 30th. Instead, she told them to obtain a license from the deputy town clerk, which your town does not have. Not only is this egregious behavior inappropriate as it does not allow your town to follow state law, but it is also illegal.
We urge you to stand up for your citizens by taking a stand and not allowing these actions to be tolerated in your town. Due to Ms. Belforti's refusal to comply and issue a marriage license to Ms. Katie Carmichael and Ms. Deirdre DiBiaggio , your small town has become known for homophobia and bigotry. Due to her illegal actions, we urge you to terminate Ms. Belforti as town clerk.
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