BY Celeste Katz
July 12, 2011
Gov. Cuomo, who made same-sex marriage a cornerstone of his successful freshman agenda, says officials who can’t or won’t comply with the law — like the Broome County clerk who quit rather than sign marriage licenses for LGBT couples — aren’t cut out for the job.
“The law is the law. When you enforce the laws of the state, you don’t get to pick and choose which laws,” said Cuomo, who previously served as state attorney general.
“You don’t get to say, ‘I like this law and I’ll enforce this law, or I don’t like this law and I won’t enforce this law’ — you can’t do that,” Cuomo added, according to our intern, Alex Katz, who was on the scene for Cuomo’s presser. “So if you can’t enforce the law, then you shouldn’t be in that position.”
As we blogged earlier today, Barker Town Clerk Laura Fotusky appears to be the first municipal official in New York to resign rather than sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
“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,” Fotusky, a Republican who said gay marriage runs afoul of her religious views, wrote in her resignation letter.