NYPost Blogger on Clerks: "If We Fail to Protect Those with Whom We Disagree, Everyone's Liberty is at Risk."


Andrea Peyser at The New York Post comes to the defense of NY clerks in danger of losing their job over same-sex marriage:

Rosemary Centi has per formed marriage ceremonies in upstate Guilderland for the past 10 years, hitching hundreds of satisfied men and women. For good, she hopes. This morning, Centi is doing her last wedding. "I am Catholic," she told me, "and my definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. It is a sacrament."

... "I have a number of friends whom I adore" who are gay, Centi told me. "I respect an individual's right to live their life however they chose to do." She paused. "So I would expect the same courtesy." And there's the rub. I was horrified to hear Gov. Cuomo react flippantly to Fotusky's resignation.

This is the law," he said last week. "When you enforce the laws of the state, you don't get to pick and choose. If you can't enforce the law, then you shouldn't be in that position."

Now, Bronx disc jockey Clifton McLaughlin, a born-again Christian, says he'll refuse, if asked, to work at gay weddings. "This is based on God's law," McLaughlin told me. "There is no way man can come with his own law."

Could he be punished? Well, yes! A gay couple denied service by a DJ, not to mention a florist or wedding band, has grounds to sue in Civil Court, a Cuomo spokesman told me.

... This is an outrage. All people -- gay and straight, atheists and observers -- have a moral duty to rise up and protest. This is about freedom.

If we fail to protect those with whom we disagree, everyone's liberty is at risk.

Here at NOM we've been helping ADF get the word out to New York clerks that yes, they do have options.