A US civil servant in upstate New York has resigned as a town clerk, refusing to sign marriage certificates for gay couples when marriage equality becomes legal in the state on July 24.

Citing religious opposition to same-sex marriage, Republican Laura Fotusky handed in her letter of resignation on Monday, stating she’ll step down on July 21, three days before the laws takes effect.

Her letter was then published on the website of Christian lobbying group, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said elected officials must abide by the rules of the state.

“The law is the law,” Cuomo said on Tuesday.

“When you enforce the laws of the state, you don’t get to pick and choose.”

CBS News reports that town clerks in several cities and towns around New York, such as New York City, Niagara Falls, Syracuse and Binghamton, are holding special office hours on July 24, to accommodate gay couples who want to get marriage licenses on the first day possible.

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