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New Mexico County Clerks Quit Over Gay Marriage

Albuquerque Gay Marriage

New Mexico this week legalized gay marriage, and as expected not everyone is happy about that. Albuquerque County Clerk Donna Carpenter and Deputy Clerk Janet Collins announced their resignations yesterday morning, declining to comment on their reasoning. County commissioners confirmed, however, that it was in protest of the legalization of gay marriage, Commissioner Bill Cathey claiming that the two said they'd rather "resign than be associated with that."

The county is already working to hire their replacements.

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  1. Adios Donna and Janet. Thanks for the years of service - and you were correct, "time to move on".

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 22, 2013 9:35:54 AM

  2. "Resign than be associated with that." Good riddance.

    Posted by: bollox | Dec 22, 2013 9:45:07 AM

  3. Did you even read the article you linked to? There is no "Albuquerque County" and the clerks who resigned are from a rural county in eastern New Mexico. Not Albuquerque.

    Posted by: B | Dec 22, 2013 9:47:04 AM

  4. Were there clerks resigning also when interracial marriage became legal? Does anyone here know?

    Posted by: borut | Dec 22, 2013 9:47:37 AM

  5. Thankfully -now Donna and Janet can associate with their kind of people-no doubt theocratic bigots like themselves.

    Posted by: Nick | Dec 22, 2013 9:47:46 AM

  6. Roosevelt County, not Albuquerque County (which is not a county, but a city in Bernalillo County). Not that it matters to anyone, especially an author who doesn't even read his own links.

    Posted by: newday | Dec 22, 2013 9:51:05 AM

  7. This item was neither written nor edited properly. Here is the first part of the Associated Press piece on this:

    " A rural eastern New Mexico county clerk and her deputy resigned Friday rather than abide by a state Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage, officials said.

    Roosevelt County manager Charlene Webb confirmed that Clerk Donna Carpenter and Deputy Clerk Janet Collins announced their resignations Friday morning.

    Webb declined to say why they quit. But county commissioners said it was in protest of Thursday's Supreme Court ruling declaring it unconstitutional to bar same-sex couples from getting marriage licenses.

    Commissioner Bill Cathey said the two had made it clear they would quit "rather than be associated with that."

    Webb says the clerk's office is closed until the commission meets Monday to hire a replacement."

    Roosevelt is a rural, conservative county along the Texas-New Mexico border. Its county seat is Portales, a town of about 12,000.

    Posted by: Terry | Dec 22, 2013 9:57:12 AM

  8. Well GOOD. Hire some queens up in that place.

    Posted by: Stephen | Dec 22, 2013 10:00:37 AM

  9. Maybe they were shopping a new reality series to replace those ugly ducklings?

    Posted by: bambinoitaliano | Dec 22, 2013 10:17:17 AM

  10. They did the right thing. If you can't do your job, leave it. Unlike those who think their personal beliefs give them a special pass to both discriminate and keep their jobs. This worked out.

    Posted by: Ernie | Dec 22, 2013 10:18:11 AM

  11. Once same sex marriages are legal in the entire country , I hope they quit the country too and move someone else. Perhaps Russia or Uganda.

    Posted by: bambinoitaliano | Dec 22, 2013 10:18:20 AM

  12. Well.....bye!

    Posted by: iSwallow | Dec 22, 2013 10:21:46 AM

  13. God works in mysterious ways. I hope someone kind and deserving gets their jobs.

    Posted by: Jay | Dec 22, 2013 10:22:20 AM

  14. "Albuquerque County Clerk Donna Carpenter and Deputy Clerk Janet Collins announced their resignations yesterday morning"

    Women are not our friends.

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 22, 2013 10:22:21 AM

  15. @Borut, not only did they resign then, a LA justice resigned in 2009 over interracial marriage.

    Posted by: KevinVt | Dec 22, 2013 10:28:10 AM

  16. "Utah Attorney General Brian Tarbet is requesting an emergency stay pending the filing of an appeal."

    Men are not our friends. (Rick's "logic" applied)

    Posted by: crispy | Dec 22, 2013 10:34:38 AM


    Posted by: datlaw214 | Dec 22, 2013 10:57:07 AM

  18. win/win

    Posted by: David | Dec 22, 2013 10:59:04 AM

  19. @Crispy The thing is, Crispy, many, perhaps most gay men--especially effeminate gay men--have this misguided notion that women in general feel some sort of affinity and sympathy for them and have a understanding of them and that there is some kind of special bond between straight women and gay men....when, in reality that is just a figment of their imaginations. It is this belief that drives the whole culture of effeminacy with its glorification and idolization of women, as embodied in the "diva"/female icon phenomenon.

    I am just pointing out that, in real life, straight women are not any more favorably inclined towards gay men than straight men are.......

    What we are seeing, though, is a change in the male culture that is loosening the taboo against male homosexuality....resulting in more and more men being desirous of shedding their emotional, social and sexual dependence on women........and when that change is complete, then you will see just how deeply threatened by it ALL women will prove to be.....and how exhilirated (and non-homophobic) all men will prove to be

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 22, 2013 11:01:40 AM

  20. By the way, Crispy, if you want an immediate example of this "woman worship" on the part of gay men, all you have to do is scroll down a few stories and read the comments under the article about Grace Jones.

    Sick, sick, sick. (And I say that as one who actually liked much of Grace Jones' music)

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 22, 2013 11:09:16 AM

  21. Adios, heffas.

    Posted by: Christopher | Dec 22, 2013 11:09:49 AM

  22. Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby are hiring. And they won't have to work on Sundays so they can attend Hate Camp.

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Dec 22, 2013 11:11:27 AM

  23. Fantastic! In these days of high unemployment, let someone else who isn't a bigot have their jobs. And good luck finding replacement jobs, "ladies."

    Posted by: Kieran | Dec 22, 2013 11:17:32 AM

  24. As has been pointed out already, there is no such place as Albuquerque County, New Mexico!!! I lived in Portales, NM, for 4 years. It is in Roosevelt County. The place is more "Texas" than Texas. While it boasts the 3rd largest university in New Mexico, (which is why we moved there) and the other sate universities offer domestic partner benefits, Eastern New Mexico University in that county did not. It was the most conservative place I have ever lived. We finally relocated to New York, thank god. The place is crawling with white power idiots, red necks and bigots. There are a few open minded people at the university, but they are far outnumbered by the rabidly religious. And outside of Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos and a few other communities, Roosevelt County reflects most of the state.

    Posted by: Mark | Dec 22, 2013 11:21:41 AM

  25. Whatever the county in New Mexico these two are from, good riddance. If they can't do their jobs without being prejudicial, then they didn't need those jobs.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Dec 22, 2013 11:28:59 AM

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