Updated 07/21/2011 06:26 AM
Granby appoints new town clerk after Sheldon resigns over same-sex marriage licenses
Granby has appointed a new town clerk after the current clerk decided to resign to avoid signing same-sex marriage licenses. Our Candace Hopkins has more on her replacement.
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GRANBY, N.Y. -- The Town of Granby has appointed a new town clerk after current clerk Ruth Sheldon decided to resign, saying signing marriage licenses for same-sex couples would be against her religious beliefs.
John Snow will take over Sheldon's job on Monday and says he has no problem signing off on the documents. "I will sign, and if people come in on Monday they will get their marriage license signed."
Snow currently serves as the town historian and wants to continue to serve Granby's residents. "I go to church every Sunday but I believe everyone should be treated equally, I am not one to judge, and it is the law, and I need to follow that law."
Current Town Clerk Ruth Sheldon says she approves Snow's appointment, and says it has been hard to step aside from a job she has held for years. "It is not my desire to discriminate against anyone. I've always treated people with respect without discrimination when they've come to my desk. I don't ask them about their background. I just take care of what their needs are, but in this case I had to draw a line and stand up for what I believe."
Ruth Sheldon's resignation officially begins Saturday, but she has agreed to stay on until her replacement is fully trained.
The same-sex marriage law goes into effect Sunday. John Snow will fill the town clerk position until a new one is elected in November.