Citing her moral and religious beliefs, a town clerk in upstate New York has stated that she refuses to sign marriage certificates for same sex couples. Barbara MacEwen of Volney, NY, located in rural Oswego County, says that her name will not appear on any of the certificates, according to Politico. The town clerk’s signature is required to validate a marriage certificate.
Honestly? If there were other town clerks who could sign the marriage certificate and MacEwen could just send the same-sex couples right over to their window, I wouldn’t really care if she wants to play bigot-face. But from what I can tell, she’s the only game in town when it comes to getting these things signed. And if she’s not willing to abide by the law and carry out the requirements of her job? I’m not sure why taxpayer dollars should keep funding her salary.
Don’t worry though, she’s pretty sure there aren’t any gay couples in her town.
This, by the way, is a new Thing among conservatives:
The ultraconservative Heritage Foundation is also pushing for “conscience rights,” which they call the “new front line in the culture war.” This is a definite sign that Conservatives know that the legislative battles over gay marriage is all but lost. The new conservative tactic is to play the victim by claiming that gay rights are limiting the rights of those that object to them.
Like so many other aspects of modern right-wing life, you can thank the anti-abortion movement for paving the way here. But sure, there’s no problem compromising with them when it comes to allowing hospitals to refuse to provide life-saving abortions or allowing pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control. Conscience!
In fact, the Campaign for Children and their Families, a wholesale anti-gay lobbying group in California, has equated the issuing of gay marriage licenses to mindless compliance during the Holocaust. “Ask your county clerk if they were a Nazi officer during WWII and had been ordered to gas the Jews, would they?”
Two people joining their lives together and pledging to love and care for one another for the rest of their days: Kind of like gassing Jews.