Deirdre DiBiaggio and Katie Carmichael: Let 'Em Get Hitched!
Two Miami lesbians are getting the shaft from a town clerk in New York.
Of course, Deirdre DiBiaggio and Katie Carmichael can't get married in Miami Beach, where they live in a $400,000 home near Alton Road and 42nd Street. DiBiaggio is an attorney. Carmichael is a filmmaker.
Rose Marie Belforti, from the town of Ledyard, refused to marry the two August 30 and has received attention ever since. She cited religious reasons. She also told the couple to see a deputy clerk, but there is no deputy clerk. She has drawn support from a passel of conservative groups that apparently hate New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his hippie ideas.
Beliforti says God requires her to take the stand and that the people elected her as clerk knowing her beliefs.
The case is likely to spend months in appeal. It's a serious test of New York's gay-marriage law.
What it should be, though, is a spur for some crafty Miami legislator to attract ink -- and perhaps justice -- by proposing legalization of gay marriage in Florida. I mean, the ladies wouldn't have had to head north to get hitched if we just allowed this sort of thing.
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