Thursday, February 11, 2016

West Virginia couple berated by Christian clerk over marriage license

Gilmer County Courthouse
For Samantha Brookover and Amanda Abramovich, the cost of obtaining a marriage license was more than just the fee. They had to endure a lecture from Debbie Allen, the Gilmer County deputy clerk who processed their application. Ms. Allen would probably want to refuse to issue the marriage license in order to demonstrate her “Christian” disapproval. Since she cannot do that a diatribe would have to suffice.

Brookover and Abramovich told the Charleston Gazette-Mail that Allen huffed, took their driver’s licenses, made copies, slammed down the copies and then, for two to three minutes, yelled that what they were doing was wrong in her eyes and in God’s eyes and that no one in Gilmer County would ever marry them. She called them an abomination.

When queried by the newspaper, Allen gleefully replied that she briefly and calmly told the couple what they were doing was wrong and that God would judge them, and then continued assisting them as she would other couples.

“I just told them my opinion,” she said. “I just felt led to do that. I believe God was standing with me and that’s just my religious belief.”

You can infer the appropriate accent. This awful woman is being paid to serve citizens; not to counsel them over their religious transgressions. She should keep her ignorant and bigoted opinion to herself. This might be clearer if we substitute an interracial or Jewish couple for the gay couple. Would this nitwit dare to admonish them? If she did she would probably get terminated for cause. Sadly, in West Virginia, that is unlikely to occur.

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