Town clerk in NY same-sex marriage flap re-elected

LEDYARD, N.Y. (AP) - A town clerk in the Finger Lakes who
refuses to personally issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples
because of her religious beliefs has won her re-election race.

Longtime Ledyard town clerk Rose Marie Belforti defeated Ed Easter, a write-in candidate who said he ran because Belforti's stance on licenses was wrong.

New York became the sixth and largest state to sanction gay marriage this summer. Belforti said her Christian beliefs preclude
her from issuing licenses to same-sex couples. Her solution was to
have her office issue all marriage licenses by appointment so a deputy can handle them.

Belforti had 305 votes to 186 for Easter.

Belforti's plan was criticized by some in the town and a lawsuit from a lesbian couple denied a license was being considered.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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