Entire Tennessee County Clerks Resign to Avoid Gay Marriage


The LGBT community received a huge win in the fight for marriage equality last week when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

However, despite the huge victory for gay people across the country, a group of country clerks in Tennessee have all resigned due to the new marriage equality law and are preventing any marriage licenses to be issued to gay couples within the community.

Via: Channel9News

The employees of the Decatur County clerk’s office in west Tennessee have resigned from their positions.

Clerk Gwen Pope and employees Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler all said their resignations was due to the Supreme Court’s decision to allow same-sex marriages.

The decision reportedly clashes with the employees’ religious beliefs. Their last day will be July 14.

Currently, the Decatur County’s clerk office will not issue a same-sex license.
Just Wednesday, the Associated Press reported all 95 counties in Tennessee are following last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned bans on same-sex marriage.

Clerks are legally allowed to refuse to perform the marriages, but must issue the licenses.