A lesbian couple went to get a marriage license, something that by now should not be news and is even routinely taking place in the offices of Mike Huckabee’s hero, Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis. But that is not what Samantha Brookover and Amanda Abramovich discovered [link fixed] when they went to the Gilmer County Courthouse in West Virginia.
Samantha Brookover stood crying in Glenville’s Gilmer County Courthouse last week, humiliated on what was meant to be a celebratory occasion.
Brookover and her partner, Amanda Abramovich, wanted a marriage license. They got one, along with an earful from a deputy clerk in the office, who told them that their relationship is wrong and that God will judge them.
Brookover and Abramovich had expected maybe an eye roll or some sign of disgust. They said they weren’t anticipating that they would be told they were “an abomination.”
“It just takes one person to remind you how closed-minded our world is,” Brookover said.
Debbie Allen, the deputy clerk who processed their marriage license, and another deputy clerk who was there, Angela Moore, disputed some of the allegations from the couple and Brookover’s mother, Jill Goff, who also was there. They disagree on how loud Allen was and whether the word “abomination” was used, although Moore said she couldn’t hear everything.
“I was working on what I was supposed to be doing and, honestly, I didn’t care to make eye contact with them,” Moore said.
The clerks don’t dispute that Allen told the couple that what they were doing was wrong and that they would be judged, but they also stressed that they did not view the statement as an “attack.”
“We did not attack them,” Allen said. “We did not yell at them. We were not aggressive with them. I felt I talked nicely to them.”
Allen said she briefly and calmly told the couple what they were doing was wrong and that God would judge them, and then continued assisting them as she would other couples.
“I just told them my opinion,” she said. “I just felt led to do that. I believe God was standing with me and that’s just my religious belief.”
Asked if her words could possibly have been perceived as an attack to someone of another sexual orientation, who has been belittled because of it, Allen said, “Oh, I’m sure.”
Yes, I am sure that she told the couple very nicely that they were doing something wrong and would go to hell for it. How could anyone object to such friendly advice told in a kindly manner by a direct emissary of god who was in fact right there with her?
What on Earth is the matter with these people? Get over it already. Same sex marriage is legal and we are never, ever going back to making it illegal.