A Grenada county circuit clerk resigns because she believes that a marriage is a man and a woman and she won’t sign her name to fake marriages.
Like I have written, the Supreme Court has ruled that Christians in America are second class citizens. One common aspect of being second class is that you are not permitted to hold government office. That is exactly the decision that was put to Linda Barnette: serve Christ or serve homosexual fantasy in Mississippi.
According to the Clarion-Ledger she decided to follow Christ and leave her office.
In a letter to the board of supervisors, Grenada County Circuit Clerk Linda Barnette announced her resignation on Tuesday, citing the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage.
Barnette has been the circuit clerk for 24 years, and announced that her resignation is effective immediately.
“The Supreme Court’s decision violates my core values as a Christian,” she wrote. “My final authority is the Bible. I cannot in all good conscience issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples under my name because the Bible clearly teaches that homosexuality is contrary to God’s plan and purpose for marriage and family.”
“I want to thank the citizens of Grenada County for giving me the honor of serving as their circuit clerk,” she wrote.
Of course, when we witness a Christian being faithful we immediately get stupid, ignorant comments about it. No Christian can escape being maligned by false accusations.
Grenada County voter Lue Harbin said she is disappointed in Barnette’s decision. She said she has voted for Barnette in every election since she got out of the Army in 2001.
“I was kind of shocked, I don’t know her personally but I never thought she was that way,” Harbin said. “She’s given marriage licenses to people who have committed adultery and stolen and lied, and when their parents haven’t approved… it’s just crazy the way she’s thinking. That’s her job and she’s not there to judge people.”
Hopefully Harvin is merely guilty of reproducing a false impression from the mainstream media. But Barnette never said that homosexuals were unworthy of civil protections. She never even said they were especially evil. She never said that, because of their sins, she couldn’t give them a marriage license.
What she said is that same-sex marriages are not marriages—“homosexuality is contrary to God’s plan and purpose for marriage and family.” If Harbin read Barnette’s words then she is being deliberately obtuse and trying not to understand what is being said. Many others are doing the same. Harbin is insisting that the Supreme Court has the authority to change the definition of an institution that is much older than the state and that no one has the right to disagree with their claim about it. But to cover up how arbitrary and theocratic that is, she pretends that Barnette just doesn’t want to do anything good for homosexual practitioners. Again, hopefully this is just because she is being fed media confusion about this issue.
Notice, by the way, the implicit admission that, in fact, Barnette has never been judgmental toward anybody and has not used her office in any way to condemn known sinners. Quite a trick to use that against her!
People with delusional views of marriage must also develop supporting delusions about Christians in order to keep up with the delusion that they themselves are fair-minded intelligent people rather than participants in mob hysteria.
The article claims there are some other holdouts.
In a few other counties, the battle continues. According to a map compiled by UnityMs.org, there are 10 counties that are not yet issuing same-sex marriage licenses. As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, Tunica, Tallahatchie, Holmes, Attala, Issaquena, Scott, Smith, Simpson, Jasper, and Jones counties were the holdouts.
DeSoto County did not issue the licenses on Monday, but did so on Tuesday. Circuit Clerk Dale Thompson issued a statement Tuesday explaining the lag.
“I took an Oath as Circuit Clerk to uphold the laws of the State of MS and I intend to honor that oath. I did not issue licenses on Monday because I was waiting on a clear directive from the AG’s office,” she said. “I have no hate towards same sex couples. My Christian beliefs are based upon the Bible and I believe a marriage is between one man and one woman. Although I do not agree with the Supreme Court’s decision my office began issuing the licenses this morning.”
Jim Perry, of Mendenhall, and his longtime partner went to the Simpson County Circuit Clerk’s office Tuesday morning to apply for a marriage license on the couple’s 14thanniversary. After first being told by an employee that issuing such licenses was against the office’s religious beliefs, Circuit Clerk Steve Womack then told the couple the office didn’t have the correct paperwork to issue a license.
An employee of the office who didn’t provide her name to Perry told the couple that it was “against their religion and they’re not going to issue them out of that office,” said Perry, who works in the circulation department at The Clarion-Ledger.
“I said ‘Well, I’m a Christian,’ and she said, ‘Oh, I guess you are, and my circuit clerk said it’s against our religious beliefs,'” Perry described.
“He (Womack) said, ‘I wish y’all the best of luck, but I can’t help y’all here,'” Perry continued.
I doubt this will go very far. I don’t see the same support for these clerks in Mississippi that the Texas Attorney General is giving to his clerks.
I hope more will do what Linda Barnette has done. God bless her for publicly bearing witness to the truth.