Thursday, July 14, 2011

Maybe she can become a Fox News host

Elie Mystal ponders the phenomenon of the rather-resign-than-sign-a-gay-marriage-certificate town clerk:
I guess what I’m trying to say is that a person like Laura Fotusky fascinates me. She’s the former town clerk in Barker, New York, who chose to resign rather than sign a gay marriage license. Apparently the new New York gay marriage law conflicted with Fotusky’s interpretation of God’s law. Or, put another way, Fotusky thought she was teaching Sunday school, and then woke up one day as the town clerk of Barker, New York.
How many town clerks resign when atheists seek to marry? Or Muslims, Buddhists, or Mormons?


  1. She found a conflict between her personal beliefs and the duties required of her as a civil servant, so she resigned as a civil servant.

    While I may disagree with the clerk's interpretation of the bible, I respect that she recognized the conflict and took the appropriate approach of resigning. Far too many civil servants use their position as a bully pulpit for their personal beliefs rather than doing their jobs. Don't mock the woman. Applaud her.