An Entire Clerk’s Office Resigns Over Same-Sex Marriage

I‘ve seen a lot of uproar over the fact that a county clerk and both employees in Decatur County, Tennessee have resigned because they refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses, but it seems to me that they did exactly the right thing in stepping down.

The entire staff at a Tennessee county clerk’s office submitted their resignations this week rather than issue same-sex marriage licenses, reports WBIR.

Decatur County Clerk Gwen Pope — along with employees Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler — said their last day on the job will on July 14, and that they are leaving because the Supreme Court’s decision to allow same-sex marriages clashes with their religious beliefs.

Speaking for the three employees whose resignations take effect July 14, Pope said they were doing it for “for the glory of God,” and not for the publicity.

“It’s kind of sort of like you don’t want to draw attention to yourself for any reason,” Pope explained. “That’s not why we’re doing this. Not doing it in any way to draw attention to us. It’s for the glory of God. He’s going to get all the glory.”

Oh pipe down there, screechy. It has nothing to do with the glory of God and everything to do with you being a bigot. But you did the right thing. At least you aren’t claiming, as so many others have around the country, that you have some “right” to refuse to do your job and to only offer the legal instruments of government to those you approve of. And don’t worry, I’m sure you can pick up some cash on the Christian rubber chicken circuit, telling your tale of courage in the face of such horrible oppression.

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  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    It’s kind of sort of like you don’t want to draw attention to yourself for any reason,” Pope explained. “That’s not why we’re doing this. Not doing it in any way to draw attention to us. It’s for the glory of God. He’s going to get all the glory.

    They just want to God to get that inconspicuous glory he is so fond of.

    PAY NO ATTENTION TO US!!!! But if you must, PRAISE JESUS!!!

  • lldayo

    God: a being of infinite wisdom, truth, morality and power (that requires glory for fuel)

  • whheydt

    Yup…they did the right thing. They showed the courage of their bigoted convictions. (And that puts them ahead of a lot of other equally bigoted county clerks.)

  • themadtapper

    Not doing it in any way to draw attention to us. It’s for the glory of God. He’s going to get all the glory.

    Good. The more of this kind of “glory” he gets, the less likely future generations will be to hang out with him.

  • Knight in Sour Armor

    It’s nice to see jobs opening up in this economy.

  • carpenterman

    So long, good luck, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.

  • coragyps

    Hmm. A county of 11, 000 people. The spectre of same-sex marriage licenses haunting them.

    I bet it’s all them gayhomo musician fellers from Nashville flooding down I-40 so’s that they can tie the knot in Lick Skillet or Bible Hill.

  • Randomfactor

    For a second heaping of schadenfreude, how about hiring an all-gay staff to replace them? They’d have to promise to serve straight couples too, as long as the straights aren’t too flamboyant about it.

  • http://lykex.livejournal.com LykeX

    I agree, that was the right thing to do. If you’re not willing to do a certain job, you should resign. If you have to be a bigot, at least be decent enough to fuck off.

  • http://cycleninja.blogspot.com cycleninja

    Does anybody know how I can get on the Christian rubber chicken circuit? I could use the extra cash…

  • moarscienceplz

    cycleninja #10

    You either have to undergo a lobotomy so you no longer think about the implications of what you say, or you have to become a sociopath so you are not bothered by lying for money.

  • caseloweraz

    Decatur County Clerk Gwen Pope…

    Tomorrow’s headline: “Pope resigns to protest gay marriage.”

    (Ducking…)

  • raven

    Rather foolish IMO.

    It’s automartyrdom.

    The vast majority of xians know that the best martyrs are…someone else!!! They really want to watch rather than be one.

  • raven

    Does anybody know how I can get on the Christian rubber chicken circuit? I could use the extra cash…

    Sure.

    It’s easy. The hard part is sounding like an idiot without laughing.

    Being an atheist is no barrier. “I used to be an atheist until….X happened…”.

    There are hordes of obscure people roaming the fundie Dark Side of our society. Several are Fake ex Moslem Terrorists i.e. Shoebat the Weirder. Some were Fake Children Brought Up in Satanic Cults who witnessed human sacrifice and voting Democratic.

    You need an angle to stand out from the pack though. Hmmm, how about, i was forced into a gay marriage. I was thrown to the lions for praying in school. I found a dinosaur fossil with a saddle and black helicopters piloted by demons took it away from me. Something else, I’m not feeling inspired today.

  • John Pieret

    Does anybody know how I can get on the Christian rubber chicken circuit? I could use the extra cash…

    Buy a bakery in Oregon and refuse to bake wedding cakes for same-sex marriages. Those people are set for life.

  • matty1

    “It’s kind of sort of like you don’t want to draw attention to yourself for any reason,” Pope explained.

    In a statement to the media

  • llewelly

    Someone is thanking gay marraige for a new job.

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    Don’t think of them as quitters, think of them as job creators!

  • freemage

    Door. Hit. Ass. Out.

  • thebookofdave

    On the plus side, they did the right thing: create a few employment opportunities for job hunters willing to give to the glory of god in a private setting (a la Mt. 6:5).

  • Michael Heath

    Yahoo. In both senses of the term.

  • John Hinkle

    Decatur County Clerk Gwen Pope — along with employees Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler — said their last day on the job will on July 14…

    I think they realize there’s a landing pad out there for them…

    Manager, Decatur County Dept of Bamboo: Hey, Lackey! Get me the phone numbers of these 3 mental midgets! I need a few more people in this department or the County’s going to eliminate my job.

    Lackey: I think it would be easier to find their resumes online.

    Manager, Decatur County Dept of Bamboo: Did my ears deceive me or did the word THINK come out of your mouth?

    Lackey: Sorry sir. Right away sir!

    Manager, Decatur County Dept of Bamboo: <Whispers to self> Finally I can rid myself of this useful, intelligent lackey and get some real do-nothings from the Clerk’s dept. Then my plan for total job security will be complete! Bwa ha ha ha hahahahahaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ichthyic

    PAY NO ATTENTION TO US!!!! But if you must, PRAISE JESUS!!!

    actually, I’ve always thought of xians more like the Grand Galactic Inquisitor…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGbPs5y3oz8

  • chilidog99

    For what it’s worth, the Mayor of the county (that’s what they call him) has already named a replacement that intends to follow the law.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    Now all we have to do is pass a law requiring members of congress to issue marriage licences. That needs to go high on the agenda next time the Dems control the House.