A town clerk in western New York quit her job to avoidhaving to sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
Laura Fotusky, the town clerk for Barker, plansto step down on July 21, just three days before New York becomes the sixthstate to allow gay marriage.
Fotusky wrote in her resignationletter: "The Bible clearly teachesthat God created marriage between male and female as a divine gift thatpreserves families and cultures. Since Ilove and follow Him, I cannot put my signature on something that is againstGod."
Last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the same sex marriage bill intolaw. Religious groups are not requiredto perform ceremonies for gay couples but government employees are not exempt.
Fotusky is the first clerk in NewYork to resign over objections to gay nuptials.
Gov. Cuomo agreed with Fotusky’sdecision to resign, saying government workers have a responsibility to adhereto the law.
"When you enforce the laws ofthe state, you don't get to pick and choose the laws," Cuomo said.
Government employees in other statesthat allow gay marriage have also quit, including justices of the peace inMassachusetts and Vermont.