Video: Ruth Sheldon, a Conscientious Woman Driven Out of A Job Because Conscience Protections Were Not Provided


CNY Central covers Ruth Sheldon's story:

More via the Syracuse Post-Standard:

“If I had to come to work every day with trepidation that somebody might come in asking for that kind of license, it would be very difficult to do my job,” she said. “And if I recommended that they go to another town or city clerk I would be opening myself up to discrimination, and it’s not my desire to discriminate against other people.”

Sheldon, a member of the Fulton Alliance Church, says she didn’t want to comment on whether same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue. “If you ask black people they will tell you that they don’t think it is a civil rights issue,” she said. “I don’t think it’s for me to say. I’m standing on the word of God.”

She said she is giving up a job she loves and a salary and health insurance package of $32,760 a year. She lives with her husband, Robert, a retired dairy farmer, and they will celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary next month. “I know how to live on a little and I know how to live in abundance, and if I have to live on a little then that will be it,” she said.

Granby Town Supervisor Ed Williamson said he respects Sheldon’s stance and accepted her resignation with regret.