N.Y. Clerk Quits Over Gay Marriage

    Andrew Chapin of New York holds a sign during a rally outside the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., Tuesday, April 28, 2009. Gay rights advocates want the Legislature to approve legislation to legalize gay marriage in New York. The Democrat-led state Assembly passed a gay marriage measure in 2007 and is expected to do so again. But Democrats in charge of the state Senate say they currently lack the votes for passage. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

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    Maybe god wanted her to be unemployed? A clerk in a rural New York town of Barker has quit her job, refusing to grant same-sex marriage licenses. Laura Fotusky, 56, said she would have been "compromising my moral conscience" and "had to choose between my job and my god." Fotusky is a twice-elected Republican in the town of about 2,700 people. Her resignation of her $24,205-a-year job will be effective July 21, three days before gay marriage takes effect in the state.

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