Rose Marie Belforti, a part-time town clerk for the small town of Ledyard, a rural farming community in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, won her reelection on Tuesday, November 8; however, her struggle is just beginning. The soft-spoken Belforti finds herself on the frontline in the battle between the aggressive same-sex-marriage promoters and those who uphold traditional values.
Christian Canary in the Secular Coal Mine
The groundwork for this battle was laid when the so-called “Marriage Equality Act” was signed into law by New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo this past August. As the town Clerk of Ledyard, Belforti, who is a Christian deeply committed to her faith, found herself in a conundrum, as one of the many responsibilities of the town clerk is to issue marriage licenses.
Governor Cuomo, who claims to be Catholic yet seems to reject nearly every part of Catholic doctrine, didn't pull punches when he warned Christians, “The law is the law. When you enforce the laws of the state, you don’t get to pick and choose which laws."
In response, some town clerks who take their Christian faith seriously resigned their positions. Belforti, on the other hand, did not think that she should just quit because of her biblical beliefs, so she sought another option that would allow her to retain her part-time position and meet the demands of the job without having to compromise her conscience.
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