Clerks questioning same-sex marriage get answers


SOME COUNTY CLERKS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT ISSUING SAME SEX MARRIAGE LICENESES IN MISSISSIPPI. 16 WAPT’S ROSS ADAMS IS THE NEWSROOM WITH WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. ROSS… THE CLERKS CAME TO MEET WITH ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM HOOD TODAY LOOKING FOR ANSWERS TO THEIR QUESTIONS ABOUT SAME SEX MARRAIGE. OUR CONCERN IS WHERE DO WE GO WHAT DO WE DO. CONFUSED CIRCUIT CLERKS CAME TO SEE ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM HOOD TO GET ANSWERS TO LINGERING QUESTIONS ABOUT SAME SEX MARRIAGE. NONE OF THE CLERKS HERE ARE REFUSING TO ISSUE SAME SEX MARRIAGE LICENSES JUST WANT TO DO IT IN THE CORRECT RIGHT MANNER. WE NEED CLARIFICATION AS CLERKS WHAT WE NEED TO DO AND HOW WE NEED TO DO IT. THE CLERKS CLAIM HOOD’S STATEMENTS ON THE ISSUE HAVEN’T BEEN CLEAR. IT MAKES NO SENSE TO ME. ITS LAWYER TALK IF YOU WANT THE TRUTH. AFTER THE SUPREME COURT DECISION CAME DOWN FRIDAY, HOOD TOLD CLERKS TO HOLD OFF. THREE DAYS LATER THE A-G GAVE THEM THE GO AHEAD TO START ISSUING LICENSES. IF WE ISSUE A LICENSE IT MAY NOT BE VALID WE COULD GET SUED IF WE DON’T ISSUE ONE IF WE ISSUE ONE IF ITS NOT VALID WE COULD TURN AROUND AND GET SUED LATER ON. THE CLERKS WANTED TO MEET WITH HOOD. BUT HE WAS NOT IN HIS OFFICE WEDNESDAY. BUT THEY GET TO SPEAK WITH ONE OF HOOD’S TOP DEPUTYS FOR ABOUT AN HOUR. IT WAS CLARIFIED A LITTLE BIT ITS STILL KINDA VAGUE YOU TAKE AN OATH WHEN YOU COME INTO OFFICE THAT YOU WILL OBEY THE LAWS OF THE LAND AND I JUST CAN’T DO IT. LINDA BARNETTE RESIGNED HER POSTION AS GRENADA COUNTY CIRCUIT CLERK OVER THE SUPREME COURT’S SAME SEX MARRIAGE DECISION. I JUST THINK THAT THE BIBLE SAYS MARRIAGE IS BETWEEN A MAN AND WOMAN AND I STAND ON THAT NO MATTER WHAT MAN SAYS THAT’S GOD’S WORD AND THAT’S THE FINAL AUTHORITY. OTHER GAY COUPLES WHO WANT TO TIE THE KNOT FORCED TO WAIT LONGER TO GET A LICENSE. I’VE HAD A COUPLE OF PHONE CALLS AND I SAID LET’S JUST WAIT UNTIL WE GET THIS CLEARED UP. WE JUST GOT THIS BREAKING NEWS FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM HOOD. THE FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS HAS LIFTED THE STAY. HOOD SAYS “MISSISSIPPI’S LAWS PROHIBITING SAME SEX MARRIAGE ARE NOW OFFICIALLY DECLARED UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND UNENFORCEABLE BY THE FEDERAL COURT.” LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM, ROSS ADAMS 16 WAPT NEWS. ROSS, THANK YOU. CANTON POLICE SAY A KILLER IS ON THE RUN.

Michael Martin

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