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.


  1. Bill says

    Adios Donna and Janet. Thanks for the years of service – and you were correct, “time to move on”.

  2. B says

    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.

  3. Nick says

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

  4. says

    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.

  5. Terry says

    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.

  6. says

    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.

  7. bambinoitaliano says

    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.

  8. Rick says

    “Albuquerque County Clerk Donna Carpenter and Deputy Clerk Janet Collins announced their resignations yesterday morning”

    Women are not our friends.

  9. crispy says

    “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)

  10. Rick says

    @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

  11. Rick says

    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)

  12. Hansel Currywurst says

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

  13. Kieran says

    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.”

  14. Mark says

    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.

  15. Gerry says

    Oh please… talk about cut of your nose to spite your face… either they are incredible stupid or don’t need a job. I’m not buying that they are “so outraged” they are resigning as a form of protest. No one cares…

  16. Reality says

    Donna Carpenter and Janet Collins should remain jobless if they’re unable to execute their work and put personal bigoted opinions aside.

  17. Mary says

    Actually, this information isn’t even newsworthy. Things like this happen every day. People decide to sell their house and move because they no longer like their neighborhood. People drop current friendships and search for new ones. A favorite restaurant changes ownership and you don’t like the way the new owners run it so you don’t go back anymore. Jobs aren’t guaranteed for life either.

    I suppose this sounds odd coming from a social conservative – and I don’t often make his statement, but it’s true – Change is a part of life. I don’t especially like the fact that I’m on the opposite side on the same-sex marriage issue from most of my fellow socons, and on the side of liberals who probably think I’m generally dumb and backwards, but life puts you in these situations every so often. You deal with it and move on.

  18. jjose712 says

    Ernie: I agree with that. I find quite pathetic that you quit your job only to not marry couples, but at least they are coherent.

    I hope they be coherent for long time as unemployees

  19. RonCharles says

    I agree with Hansel Currywurst. Let them both go make Chicken Sandwiches at Chick-Fil-A!

    As for their departure, to quote ‘N SYNC:

    “Bye, Bye, Bye!”

  20. RonCharles says

    I agree with Hansel Currywurst. Let them both go make Chicken Sandwiches at Chick-Fil-A!

    As for their departure, to quote ‘N SYNC:

    “Bye, Bye, Bye!”

  21. Mark says

    Good riddance!!! Now if only more such government officials would do the same, the USA would be a better Place!!!

  22. Bernie says

    and the next thing will be that the gays “forced” them out of their job……NO, this was their CHOICE!

  23. andrew says

    Unemployment is high so two new job openings is a good thing. Donna and Janet probably think their grandstanding will lead to bigger and better opportunities for themselves.

  24. perry says

    Lemme see…what’s that saying that is perfect just now? Ahhh. Don’t let that door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!

  25. MarcosLB says

    My goodness! Thanks for vacating a couple of cushy government jobs!! Go starve yourselves for jeebus.

  26. Daniel says

    No doubt they were clutching pearls and having a case of the vapors over the thought of some good-ole man-on-man lovin’ and gal-on-gal fun. LOL. Glad they left so more compassionate people can have the jobs.