N.Y. Town Clerk: I Won’t Sign Gay Wedding License

From Politico:

New York’s gay weddings victory lap has not extended to all parts of the Empire State, with a rural town clerk determined to not sign any same-sex marriage licenses.

Barbara MacEwen, the town clerk in upstate Volney who is responsible for signing marriage licenses in the town, said she’s morally opposed to same-sex weddings and does not intend to affix her signature to any marriage documents for gay or lesbian couples.

“If there’s any possible way to not do it, legally, then yes, I would not want to put my name on any of those certificates or papers,” MacEwen told POLITICO. “That’s their life, they can do it, but I don’t feel I should be forced into something that’s against my morals and my God.”


  1. Moreover if she is compelled by her job to act against her moral beliefs she should quit rather than be fired. That her first inclination is not to quit tells me her moral outrage isn’t all that hot.

  2. Has she ever signed a marriage license for a practicing Wiccan? Muslim? Jew? Buddhist? For a non-theist? Then she’s gone against ‘her god’ already. Hell, what is she as a woman doing working? Her god hates that shit!

  3. I have to do plenty of things at work that are against my morals but I am at WORK and getting PAID. Money over morals damnit.

  4. Ehn.

    Over here in Ze Nezzerlandz, we’ve had our fair number of conscientious objectors. They’re allowed to opt out on the argument that you wouldn’t really want to be married by a civil servant who radiates dislike for your choice of partner.

    Personally, though, I think if you find this morally unacceptable, you should find yourself another job.

  5. this is like those walmart pharmacy technicians who won’t fill birth control prescriptions because it’s against their religion.

    Ok, so this Barbara person doesn’t believe in fully doing the job she is paid to perform? Then she is responsible for finding someone who will perform the service. The couple paid their taxes, I suppose, and hence this woman’s salary. Although, as stated, she doesn’t seem to concerned about other possible “transgressors” she may not have been able to pick out so easily.

  6. Then she shouldn’t sign marriage licenses for straight people – they’re the ones that keep making babies that grow up to be gay.

  7. I wish I could use my political/religious views an an excuse to not do my job and still keep my job.

    I could clock in and sit on my ass while munching cheetos and watching TV all day and claim firing me violates my religious freedom.

    1. A very big exactly. Last week the school where I work postponed a class that I was teaching by an hour to accommodate a prayer meeting that started at the same time. What the school didn’t care so much about was that my branch of FSMism firmly believes in being on time to scheduled courses. Their fictitious god – 1, mine – 0.

  8. “If there’s any possible way to not do it, legally …”
    Nice (attempt to) save, but there isn’t. Either do your job or get a new one.

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