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Same Sex Marriage In Walton County

Discussion in 'Local Government and Groups' started by Misty, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. Misty

    Misty Banned

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    From an article in the NWF Daily News dated Jan 1, 2015...

    So Mr. Alford, what did you run into in less than a week? Did homophobia smack you into yesterdays front page news?

    "Walton County steps Away from all courthouse weddings"

    So Mr. Alford, you think it's in the Counties best interest not to perform their job according to State Law?

    WOW...just WOW!
     
  2. Misty

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    Had you really wanted to be a leader Mr. Alford you would have stayed the course you set Jan. 1, 2015
     
  3. mweimorts

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    Bet he heard from some of the churches about what might happen in the clerk election in 2016.
     
  4. poppy

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    To quote Salman Rushdie, "Religion, a mediaeval form of unreason".
     
  5. Misty

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    Many people have moaned, *****ed and complained about the lawsuits Ms. Harris has filed against the county and yet, here you have a prime example of why the County gets itself sued.

    local attorney wrote:
    I'm sure he heard from about 3 judges as well.
     
  6. Bob Wells

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    Is it a requirement for the the Clerk of Courts to perform marriages or just a requirement that they issue a marriage license? According to what I read a judge, notary, minister and the like can perform these marriages but I can't find where it says the Clerk of Court has to.
     
  7. Danny Glidewell

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    The clerk performing the ceremony was an unpaid service. The office charges for the license itself.
     
  8. poppy

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    Not a free service. There was a $30.00 fee in addition to the $93.50 for the marriage license.
     
  9. Mike Jones

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    Several Florida County Clerks have decided to end performing marriage ceremonies at the courthouse, though they will still issue licenses. Clerks in Duval, Clay, Baker, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties have announced they are ending courthouse ceremonies. Walton Clerk of Courts Alex Alford is quoted in the Daily News as saying his office will still perform the ceremonies. A judge made a decision concerning the Clerk of Courts in Washington County.

    The court’s August ruling said the Florida marriage ban is unconstitutional was the result of two cases; one brought by the American Civil Liberties Union ACLU of Florida on behalf of eight couples, a Fort Myers widow, and SAVE, South Florida’s largest LGBT rights organization; the other by Jacksonville attorneys William Sheppard and Sam Jacobson on behalf of two couples.

    The Washington County Clerk of Court, named as a defendant in the case brought by Sheppard and Jacobson, filed a motion for clarification asking Judge Hinkle to clarify the scope of the injunction. Some felt the motion only applied to Washington County. Many Florida clerks have been waiting for the judges clarification.

    New Year’s day, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle issued an order clarifying that all Florida clerks should begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples when the stay expires at the end of the day on January 5. Judge Hinkle explained that while his injunction applies only to the named defendants, because his August 21 ruling held that the marriage ban is unconstitutional, the Constitution requires clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

    Some of the CLerks cited the same sex ruling as well as other issues such as budget decisions.
     
  10. John G

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    Walton is homophobic.

    There is a very strong and professional "gay" community in the south end.

    Alford must go to the Baptist Church in DFS.
     
  11. Mike Jones

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    A lot of people in this county live in fear of change and fear of anything different. It comes from living in a small little world without education, without travel, without differing points of view.
     
  12. seabythegrove

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    The generalization that Walton County is homophobic is the same as saying Walton County is racist or any other negative connotation. Homophobes, racist, haters, liberals, conservatives, etc. exist everywhere. Please don't characterize me as such...
     
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    I can understand if they want to get out of the marriage ceremony business but come on... why now? That does say a lot about our county govt.
     
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    Q. Why is there a Holmes County?
    A. So even Waltonians have people to look down upon (although I'm sure some look up to them).

    Leaders Protest In Holmes County

    From WJHG.com

    Local religious leaders expressed their opposition to same sex marriage Tuesday. A new committee formed in Holmes County met on the steps of its courthouse to protest the decision, and the group says voters feel silenced. As gay couples across Florida prepare to marry, others say it's a step in the wrong direction and goes against their core beliefs.

    "Marriage is between a man and a woman. We were created to procreate, to have children and multiply the earth," explained Holmes County resident Gail Messer.

    Many in the Holmes County religious community agree. They recently established the Concerned Citizens for the Positive Development for Holmes County Committee.

    "We want to have our voices heard that we need to uphold the will of the people, and what Judge Hinkle did was obviously overturn the will of the people," Committee Chair Pastor Eddie Eaton said.

    As reported on WZEP AM 1460, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled the ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional last summer after Florida residents voted to define marriage as between a man and a woman in 2008.
     
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    Amazing that this ultra conservative BS still happens in 2015. Wednesday on NBC this lady..I think...twanged live from Johnny Holmes Co. that "mareg is betwixt a man and a woooman." Cleary she hadnt checked a mirror in a while.
     
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    What's that you said? I can't hear you over all the wedding bells ringing.:clap:
     
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    Is this really a big surprise to anyone?
     
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    Not really. Pretty sure our county got sued years ago for the Nativity scene on the courthouse lawn (separation of church and state etc.) but it still goes up every year.
     
  19. Misty

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    Not sure that there was a lawsuit but I do remember the ACLU's arrival when Quinn McMillan was Sheriff and they put a stop to him leading prayer prior to football games over the schools public address system, put a stop to the use of prisoners being put to work building churches from the ground up and the Nativity scene was also an issue, along with the 10 Commandments being posted in the Courthouse (those did come down).

    I'd personally have no problem with the Nativity scene if all religions were represented but that's never been the case. I do have problems with Christmas Reflections because it's not a function of the City to close off public streets and charge people money to drive around the lake yard (at Christmas time ONLY). People are not charged any other time of the year for any other occasion. Christmas Reflections is a private organization period!

    As for the same sex marriage issue...the ACLU is involved and I believe this is pure, unadulterated homophobia. I do believe the bigots in the Church are allowed to be heard (freedom of speech yada, yada, add nauseaum) but I don't believe ANY religious organization or government entity has the right to tell someone who they can or can't marry, who they can or can't love or dictate what goes on between 2 consenting adults behind closed doors. It's none of our business!!

    The Churches in this area have the absolute right to be offended in regard to same sex marriage. I have the absolute right to call them homophobic bigots!
     
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