LEDYARD, N.Y. — Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the
elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a
self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has
condemned homosexuality as a sin, so she does not want to sign same-sex marriage licenses; instead, she has arranged for a deputy to issue all marriage licenses by appointment.
But when a lesbian couple who own a farm near here showed up at the town hall last month, the women said they were unwilling to wait.
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