Court clerk resigns rather than license same-sex couples

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GRENADA, Miss. — 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.

Aquaintances said Barnette’s husband is a pastor who worked with Billy Graham Ministries for many years.

“I choose to obey God rather than man,” Barnette wrote.

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.”

In other counties, the battle continues.


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