Kate Wrede and Dee Smith, sign a waiver to obtain...

Kate Wrede and Dee Smith, sign a waiver to obtain a marriage license in North Hempstead. (July 23, 2011) Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz

In the letter "Wrong budget priorities" [Aug. 9], the writer complained about the Brookhaven Town clerk's office opening on Sunday, July 24, the day the Marriage Equality Act took effect.

The overtime salaries in the department were paid through a very generous donation by a town resident. In addition, besides myself, there were three additional management employees and two judges who volunteered their time that day without any compensation from the Town of Brookhaven.

I made the decision to open the clerk's office that day to accommodate those constituents and taxpayers requesting their marriage licenses on the day the legislation became law. It was the right thing to do.

It was not about "grabbing headlines." It was about serving the residents and families of the Town of Brookhaven.

Patricia A. Eddington, Medford

Editor's note: The writer is the Brookhaven Town clerk.