Shortly after the state legalized same-sex marriage, three town clerks in New York – Rosemary Centi from Guilderland,, Laura Fotusky from Barker, and Ruth Sheldon from Granby – resigned their posts, each citing religious objections to approving same-sex unions as their reason for leaving. So we ask today: How many same-sex marriages have taken place in Guilderland, Barker and Granby?
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What we found
First the happy news: Outside New York City, 2,417 same-sex couples have been married in New York State since the marriage equality law took effect in July 2011, out of 35,169 marriage licenses issued, according to the New York State Health Department.
But in the towns where clerks resigned, we could only find one lonely same-sex couple that bravely applied for the license the former clerks preferred to deny them. They picked up their license in Granby, a town of about 7,000.
In Barker, no one has applied for a marriage certificate. Guilderland’s new town clerk is carrying on the office’s tradition of resistance: she refused to give out any information without a freedom of information request, which The New York World filed today.
Update 5/11/12: Guilderland reports that six same-sex couples have filed for marriage with their town clerk, out of 177 licenses issued since last July.