Entire Tennessee County Clerk Office Quits To Avoid Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

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Citing their religious opposition to the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality, all three officers serving the Decatur County Clerk’s Office in Tennessee resigned from their positions this week.

County Clerk Gwen Pope and her two employees Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler reportedly hadn’t received any specific requests to issue a same-sex marriage license since the Supreme Court’s decision came down last Friday, but decided to quit in anticipation of that happening.

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Decatur County Commissioner David Boroughs said he was “proud” of their actions.

“That’s a personal individual decision, but I strongly support them if their faith is that strong,” he said. “I’m proud of them that their faith is so strong and well-rounded that they feel they can do that.”

Bye, Felicias!

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