Three employees in Decatur County Clerk Office in west Tennessee resigned last week due to their opposition to the recent US Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
County clerk Gwen Pope and employees Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler decided to quit than to have to issue same-sex marriage licenses, the Jackson Sun reports.
County Mayor Mike Creasy said the county has not received any requests for same-sex marriage licenses as of Thursday.
The resignations will not be effective until July 14.
Although clerks are legally allowed to refuse to perform the marriages, they must issue the licenses.
The newspaper also reported that local residents and those from nearby counties have telephoned or turned up at the office to thank and praise the three women for their ‘strength of their convictions,’ as one put it.
Pope, has worked on and off in the office since 1994 and has been the clerk since 2008, said the decision to step down wasn’t made to make news.
‘It’s kind of sort of like you don’t want to draw attention to yourself for any reason,’ she was quoted as saying in the Sun.
‘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.’