Three county court clerks in Florida have found a way to turn their noses up at progress and equality. When the state’s unconstitutional ban on same-sex marriage is lifted on January 6th, The courthouses in Duval, Clark, and Baker Counties will stop performing weddings of ANY kind.
Duval Clerk of Courts Ronnie Fussell told the Florida Times-Union that the move to end marriage ceremonies at his courthouse is so there “wouldn’t be any discrimination.”
I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. Personally it would go against my beliefs to perform a ceremony that is other than that.
Nope. No discrimination there. Baker County Clerk of Courts Stacie Harvey said:
I needed the space and our county we’re in the Bible Belt. If we’re made by the law to issue a gay marriage license [we will] do that, but we are not mandated to marry couples in our courthouse.
The “space” will reportedly be used for people to fill out domestic abuse and restraining order paperwork, because the self-righteous of the bible belt need lots of room to beat the crap out of their spouses and children. That’s just fine, as long as their spouses are of the opposite sex.
Personal beliefs don’t apply to public servants. County Clerks, just like the judges they clerk for, are sworn to uphold the laws of their county, state and country. While these clerks have stated that they will issue licenses as the law requires, they are under no legal obligation to perform weddings.
They will instead stomp around like butthurt little toddlers who didn’t get their way and close their fort down to the gays, who obviously aren’t cool enough to know the secret password.
I hate to break it to you, Florida, but the new secret password is “equality.”