Citing the same-sex marriage law, New York Town Clerk Laura Fotusky tendered her resignation this week so she wouldn't have to sign gay marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
Fotusky's resignation letter, which is posted on the website New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, stated that she will be compromising her moral conscience if she signed marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples.
The resignation takes effect July 21, just three days before the Marriage Equality Act law takes effect on July 24.
The Bible clearly teaches that God created marriage between male and female as a divine gift that preserves families and cultures, Fotusky wrote. Since I love and follow Him, I cannot put my signature on something that is against God.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the same-sex marriage law last month making New York the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage behind the District of Columbia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and New Hampshire.
The new law does exempt religious groups from performing same-sex marriages. However, those exemptions aren't given to individuals like government employees.
Cuomo on Tuesday said he agreed with Fotusky's decision to resign because government workers have a responsibility to enforce the law, according to Reuters.
When you enforce the laws of the state, you don't get to pick and choose the laws, Cuomo said.
Normally city clerk's offices in the five boroughs of New York are closed on weekends. However, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said those office will remain open on Sunday to all same-sex couples to wed.