By Tyler Pager
After a same-sex couple was denied a marriage license in New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has not only opened an investigation into the case, he has offered to officiate the couple’s wedding in Albany.
Dylan Toften and Thomas Hurd sought the license in Root, N.Y., about 50 miles from Albany. But the town’s clerk, Laurel Eriksen, denied the couple’s request. The Human Rights Division is investigating why Ms. Eriksen refused the couple their license.
Mr. Toften wrote on Facebook on Monday that Ms. Eriksen denied the request because she personally objects to same-sex marriage on religious grounds. Ms. Eriksen told Robert Subik, Root’s town attorney, she did not grant the license because the couple had not made an appointment.
Though Ms. Eriksen did mention her personal objection to same-sex marriage to the couple, Mr. Subik said, she did not deny the couple the license because of her personal views. He said people requesting licenses are required to make appointments in advance because Ms. Eriksen is a part-time employee.
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