Last week, aptly-named Decatur County Clerk Gwen Pope and her two henchmen, Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler, resigned to protest the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality.
Pope told reporters that she trusted God 100 percent to help figure out what should happen next.
“It’s kinda sorta like you don’t want to draw attention to yourself for any reason,” Pope said. “That’s not why we’re doing this. Not doing it in any way to draw attention to us. It’s for the glory of God. He’s going to get all the glory.”
Does that include three salaries and benefits?
Well, rather waiting on God to sort things out, the Mayor of Decatur County, Mike Creasy, took matters into his own hands.
Over the weekend, Creasy appointed an interim clerk to run the run the Decatur County Clerk’s Office and issued a statement saying that, though he personally doesn’t agree with the Supreme Court ruling, he respects the law enough to comply with it.
“Although I strongly disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision, I, as an elected official, must set aside my personal beliefs and follow the law,” Creasy said. “Mr. Jack Martin is now Decatur County’s County Clerk. Mr. Martin will serve until the County Commission appoints another person. Meanwhile, Mr. Martin has taken the oath of office, including affirming his obligation and willingness to follow the law, whether he personally agrees with the law or not.”
“I am glad that we have resolved this matter,” he concluded, “and I look forward to working with Mr. Martin and whomever the County Commission later appoints as County Clerk.”
No word yet on how Pope and friends plan to make a living, though we wouldn’t be surprised if it involved a GoFundMe campaign.