Wednesday, June 11, 2008

marry go round

Charming news, according to the San Francisco Gate. In order to save California from the untold harm of gay marriage, two level headed counties have decided to stop all marriages. Take a read:

County officials in at least two California counties say they'll stop performing all wedding ceremonies by next week, arguing that they don't have enough resources to marry both gay and straight couples.

Officials in Kern and Butte counties cited budget and staffing constraints as the rationale for halting the ceremonies. But clerks in other counties say that claim is specious. Some activists went further, arguing that the decision to stop the ceremonies amounts to poorly disguised discrimination against gay and lesbian couples.

County clerks are required by law to issue marriage licenses, but the offices do not have to perform wedding ceremonies. The recent state Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriages takes effect after the business day on Monday.

In Kern County, Clerk Ann Barnett announced her decision only after county lawyers told her she could not refuse to marry gay couples. Butte County Clerk Candace Grubb, meanwhile, blamed budget constraints, telling the Chico Enterprise-Record that her decision was made long before the court ruling.


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Personally, I'm sorry to hear that straight couples will be unable to marry in those two counties. They will see about one perecent of the discrimination that we have dealt with our entire lives. And perhaps others will see how totally rididculous it is- as Mildred Loving said in 1967, the state can't tell a person who they can marry.

Complete Article Here

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