Gay Rights: ‘I choose to obey God rather than man’, County Clerk...

Gay Rights: ‘I choose to obey God rather than man’, County Clerk Resigns

By Chidinma Unigwe | Sub Editor on July 6, 2015
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County Clerk, Linda Barnette, resigned on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 following the legalization of gay marriage in the United States. (Photo Credit: Fox News)

The legalization of gay marriage by the supreme court across the states of the United States may not have gone down well with a couple of persons as Mississippi Circuit Clerk, Linda Barnette tendered a one paragraph resignation notice on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

Having issued marriage licences in Grenade County, USA, for about 24 years, Barnette finally presented the letter to the Grenade County Board of Supervisors since she can’t compromise her belief.

She wrote, “I choose to obey God rather than man. I am a follower of Christ and I believe strongly that the Bible is my final authority.

“The Bible teaches that a marriage is to be between a man and a woman. Therefore, because of the recent ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court, I can no longer fulfill my duties as Circuit Clerk and issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.”

According to Fox News, another worker has been appointed to replace Mrs. Barnette. It’s unclear if Grenada County will hold a special election to permanently fill the elected post.

She added, “I told my supervisors a while back if it happened, I would tender my resignation.

“I had already decided in my heart that I could not issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. It’s my Christian belief.

“As a follower of Christ, I could not do it. The bible teaches it is contrary to His plan.”

“Christians are being put to the test. We’re going to see the true Christians who stand. It’s going to be time to stop talking the talk. It’s going to come down to that.”

Being an ardent Christian believer, Barnette who is a Southern Baptist is married to a pastor and can’t stand to issue licences to gay couples.

Meanwhile, Barnette’s pastor at Friendship Baptist Church, Brian Robertson is has reacted to the development.

He said, “I am saddened in the fact that we are losing a wonderful county clerk and a very faithful and hard worker.

“I am grieved as a minister and Christian because of the circumstances that have caused her to have to resign.

“I applaud her as a brother in Christ. “Her testimony to the Lord is more important to her than serving man.

“Political propagandists want to force Christians who do not agree with the liberal mindset out of office.”

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