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County Clerk Refuses to Issue Gay Marriage Licenses, Resigns Instead

In what is a ritual likely to be repeated many times over the next few days, weeks and months a county clerk in Mississippi has resigned her position because she says her religious beliefs will not allow her to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Linda Barnette has been the county clerk in Grenada County, Mississippi for over 20 years, but come next week she’ll have to find something else to do. In her letter of resignation to the Grenada County Board of Supervisors Mrs. Barnette explained her reasoning; “I choose to obey God rather than man… I am a follower of Christ and I believe strongly that the Bible is my final authority. The Bible teaches that a marriage is to be between a man and a woman. Therefore, because of the recent ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court, I can no longer fulfill my duties as Circuit Clerk and issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.”

She told Todd Starnes of Fox News Radio that:

“I told my supervisors a while back if it happened, I would tender my resignation. I had already decided in my heart that I could not issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. Linda BarnetteIt’s my Christian belief. As a follower of Christ, I could not do it. The bible teaches it is contrary to His plan. Christians are being put to the test. We’re going to see the true Christians who stand. It’s going to be time to stop talking the talk. It’s going to come down to that.”

Her pastor is saddened that the county will be losing such a faithful worker and that Mrs. Barnette has had to leave a job she enjoys, but he opines that what she has had to do is just the beginning for Christians in America. Many other Christians will likely be forced into similar actions because of what our faith teaches and Pastor Brian Robertson hopes we’ll all be ready.

“Political propagandists want to force Christians who do not agree with the liberal mindset out of office… I pray that I am targeted. I will use the statement Joshua made many years ago. As for me and my house – we will serve the Lord,” Dr. Robertson said.

It’s sad to see our Christian community brought to this, but once the Supreme Court ruled the way they did, it was inevitable. In the coming days Christians all over the country will be forced to make a choice – submit to the government’s demands or quit. In other segments of society trouble is also brewing for Christians in various fields of employment; anyone working in the wedding or party industries will also eventually be forced to either participate in gay weddings or face legal penalties for refusing. It’s already happened to Christian bakers, florists, photographers, t-shirt designers and event facilities owners. Now that the Supreme Court has discovered the “right” of same-sex marriage anyone refusing to participate will be charged with discrimination and subject to the severest penalties the government can impose for such behavior.

gaymobAnd before you say… “But Religious Freedom…” You better just forget about that line of defense. The Supreme Court’s ruling seemed to leave room for Christians (and other religious groups) to dissent, but other recent court cases in Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon and New York seem to argue that religious freedom ends at the line marked “discrimination.”

Be ready, folks, we’ll all be able to navigate these waters more effectively if we aren’t taken by surprise when our religious freedom rams up against the new rules of liberal political correctness.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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