Mississippi Clerk Quits over Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Photo Credit: Morguefile

Photo Credit: Morguefile

A circuit clerk in Mississippi’s Grenada County just quit her job over her opinion on the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage. Linda Barnette thinks that the country giving all people the right to marry violates her religious beliefs.

Barnette submitted a letter of resignation on Tuesday. Chancery Clerk Johnny Howard announced that the supervisors voted to deem Michele Redditt the acting circuit clerk. Redditt has been Barnette’s office manager for the past 22 years.

Clerks in 82 of Mississippi’s counties have started to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. However, some of the state’s counties are waiting on a Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ban on same-sex unions to be lifted.

As for Barnette, she served as circuit clerk in Grenada County for 24 years. Her retirement was scheduled for November. Now, supervisors are looking for her permanent replacement, and Redditt appears to be the frontrunner.

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