Missouri County Will Lower Flags To Mourn Gay Marriage Ruling For A Year

In this June 23, 2013 photo, an American flag and a LGBT Rainbow flag are displayed on the ferry dock in the Fire Island community of Cherry Grove, N.Y. The 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York City is generally acce... In this June 23, 2013 photo, an American flag and a LGBT Rainbow flag are displayed on the ferry dock in the Fire Island community of Cherry Grove, N.Y. The 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York City is generally accepted as the Lexington and Concord of the gay rights revolution - the first shots in a battle that eventually led to last week's landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage. But in this seaside resort 60 miles east of Manhattan, reports that homosexuals were standing up for their rights that summer of Woodstock and moon landings was hardly breaking news: a gay community in Cherry Grove had been thriving there for at least two decades before Stonewall. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) MORE LESS
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Late Update: It now appears that the Dent County commissioners are preparing to reverse their decision to lower the flags as a sign of mourning the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage. The Salem News reported Tuesday morning that the commission will meet today to rescind the decision “out of respect for veterans and those currently serving in the military.”

An all-Republican county commission in Missouri voted unanimously Monday to observe a full calendar year of “mourning” after the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision, a protest that will include lowering flags to mark the somber occasion.

Flags at the Dent County Courthouse and Judicial Building will now fly at “below half-staff” on the 26th day of every month from July 2015 until July 2016, the Salem News reported, to mark the day SCOTUS handed down the ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles filed a letter into the record ahead of the vote staking his opposition to “the U.S. high court’s [sic] stamp of approval of what God speaks of as an abomination.”

Skiles also wrote that “all who see these flags at this lowered position be reminded of this despicable Supreme Court travesty” as reason enough to approve the plan.

The vote by the three commissioners comes days after Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order directing all state agencies to comply with the court’s ruling

The county granted its first marriage license application from a gay couple on July 1, although the current official forms still have only blanks for “man and woman.”

Recorder of Deeds Cindy Ard told the paper she would continue to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in accordance with the law.

“Some people might not agree with it, but I’m not going to discriminate. I’m not here to judge anybody,” Ard said.

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