More Bakersfield Bigotry

Timothy Kincaid

June 5th, 2008

Yesterday we told you about Kern County Clerk Ann Barnett and her objection to providing the same services to gay couples as she joyfully provides to straight couples. Barnett was rumored to have told her staff that she would refuse to allow same-sex marriage in Kern County.

Now the Bakersfield Californian is reporting that while Barnett will issue licenses, she’s stopped the Clerk’s office from solemnizing weddings for anyone, gay or straight. She explains:

“Because of long-term administrative plans, budgetary reasons, and the need to increase security for elections, the Clerk’s office will cease solemnizing weddings, which is discretionary on the part of the County Clerk,” the release said. “As done in other counties, information necessary to solemnize marriages will be made available to those acquiring licenses.”

Ummmm, yeah right. Budgetary reasons.

Somehow this explanation seems a bit less than honest.

See also:
Kern Co. Supervisors Reject Anti-Gay Ordinance
Calaveras County Joins Kern and Butte
Barnett Breaks Her Media Silence – Stupidly, of Course
Chad Vegas – Kern Co. School Board Trustee’s Double Standard
Ann Barnett Annoys Local Bakersfield Media
Two More California Counties Stop Officiating at Weddings
CA Anti-Gays Either Completely Idiotic or Shameless Liars
No Non-Religious Marriages in Kern County
A Voice of Reason in Kern Co.
Kern Co. (Bakersfield) Clerk Ann K. Barnett Cancels Straight Weddings
More Bakersfield Bigotry
Bakersfield – Not a Place to Plan Your Wedding

Emily K

June 5th, 2008

I bet when the straight couples start complaining, she’ll say “blame the gays. They’re the ones ruining your chances of getting married by us. We wouldn’t have stopped if it weren’t for them.”

what a JOKE.

Ben in Oakland

June 5th, 2008

I think the key words are “the need to increase security for elections.” That is te one that sounds quite bogus.


Personally, I think it unlikely that it would occur to the average terrorist to dress up as a bride.

Timothy Kincaid

June 5th, 2008

She might have had a point if she said that her office was incapable of handling both marriages and elections. In 2006, Kern county had more problems than any other county and she almost had her duties pulled from her. They called in the Secretary of State.

She should have just said, “I’m inept and can’t be trusted to perform marriages.”


June 6th, 2008

I am guessing lying is better than issuing marriage license. I’m always surprised to see anti-gay folks committ one sin to try to avoid what they see as another. I don’t think it gets to work that way.

Jason D

June 6th, 2008

Brady said“I am guessing lying is better than issuing marriage license. I’m always surprised to see anti-gay folks committ one sin to try to avoid what they see as another.”

Such as bearing false witness, or turning the bible itself into a false idol, or not loving they brother as thyself, or….


June 6th, 2008

Today (6 June) the Bakersfield Californian‘s James Burger and Angelle Barbazon have reported more on this homophobe.

Kern County Auditor-Controller-County Clerk Ann Barnett repeatedly tried to avoid licensing and performing marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples, interviews and e-mails obtained by The Bakersfield Californian show. . . .

Right after the decision came down, Barnett’s second-in-command fired off an e-mail to lawyers with gay-marriage opposition group Alliance Defense Fund seeking legal protection for Barnett if she canceled all civil marriages in the county of Kern.

“Our question is, now that the Supreme Court has refused to stay its decision, will Alliance Defense Fund defend the County Clerk if she ceases performing all marriage ceremonies,” asked Assistant Auditor-Controller-County Clerk Glenn Spencer in an e-mail asking advice from Senior Legal Counsel Brian Raum. “We have the news media calling for her response, and we need to issue a news release today, but she really needs to be assured of your legal assistance before she speaks to them, as we fully expect to be sued and our own counsel is not being of help.”

Regarding “Because of long-term administrative plans, budgetary reasons

Spencer would not respond to questions from The Bakersfield Californian. . . He refused to release public records indicating how much money wedding ceremonies generated for the county over the past five years.

But records obtained from the clerk’s office for April and May of 2008 shed some light on whether wedding ceremonies are a financial drain on the county, as the press release claims.

The county clerk’s office charges $30 for every ceremony it performs.

In April and May the office performed 299 marriage ceremonies, according to records.

That’s income — over two months — of $8,970.

At that rate, it appears the county brings in more than $50,000 a year from performing marriages, before costs are figured into the equation.

An analysis of the pay of the county staff who perform the ceremonies puts the revenue into context.

The top average hourly pay for an office services specialist — one of the classifications that conducts the weddings — is around $19.20 an hour, based on county salary charts.

A marriage ceremony conducted Thursday took seven minutes to perform.

Barnett’s press release also stated that the county does not have the space to deal with increased ceremonies.

But her office currently has two separate wedding rooms set aside for the marriage ceremonies. . . .

Luis Mon

June 7th, 2008

Another GOP liar.

Erica B.

June 10th, 2008

They are issuing LICENSES, apparently, just not actually performing any ceremonies. Given previous comments made by the clerk, and the fact that they haven’t even tried to see how many people would want the ceremony performed at the county clerk’s office, that seems to be just a convenient excuse.

I doubt the 150 people a month who use the clerk’s office to perform the ceremony are going to be horribly inconvenienced, though.


June 13th, 2008

I cant believe that this is allowed to go on. It is this kind of hatred and ideas of superiority that kept this country segregated until 40 years ago.

She doesnt have to agree with it, and she shouldnt be allowed to stop it.

Leave A Comment

All comments reflect the opinions of commenters only. They are not necessarily those of anyone associated with Box Turtle Bulletin. Comments are subject to our Comments Policy.

(Required, never shared)

PLEASE NOTE: All comments are subject to our Comments Policy.


Latest Posts

The Things You Learn from the Internet

"The Intel On This Wasn't 100 Percent"

From Fake News To Real Bullets: This Is The New Normal

NC Gov McCrory Throws In The Towel

Colorado Store Manager Verbally Attacks "Faggot That Voted For Hillary" In Front of 4-Year-Old Son

Associated Press Updates "Alt-Right" Usage Guide

A Challenge for Blue Bubble Democrats

Baptist Churches in Dallas, Austin Expelled Over LGBT-Affirming Stance

Featured Reports

What Are Little Boys Made Of?

In this original BTB Investigation, we unveil the tragic story of Kirk Murphy, a four-year-old boy who was treated for “cross-gender disturbance” in 1970 by a young grad student by the name of George Rekers. This story is a stark reminder that there are severe and damaging consequences when therapists try to ensure that boys will be boys.

Slouching Towards Kampala: Uganda’s Deadly Embrace of Hate

When we first reported on three American anti-gay activists traveling to Kampala for a three-day conference, we had no idea that it would be the first report of a long string of events leading to a proposal to institute the death penalty for LGBT people. But that is exactly what happened. In this report, we review our collection of more than 500 posts to tell the story of one nation’s embrace of hatred toward gay people. This report will be updated continuously as events continue to unfold. Check here for the latest updates.

Paul Cameron’s World

In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that “[Paul] Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” What the SPLC didn”t know was Cameron doesn’t just “echo” Nazi Germany. He quoted extensively from one of the Final Solution’s architects. This puts his fascination with quarantines, mandatory tattoos, and extermination being a “plausible idea” in a whole new and deeply disturbing light.

From the Inside: Focus on the Family’s “Love Won Out”

On February 10, I attended an all-day “Love Won Out” ex-gay conference in Phoenix, put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus International. In this series of reports, I talk about what I learned there: the people who go to these conferences, the things that they hear, and what this all means for them, their families and for the rest of us.

Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"

The Heterosexual Agenda: Exposing The Myths

At last, the truth can now be told.

Using the same research methods employed by most anti-gay political pressure groups, we examine the statistics and the case studies that dispel many of the myths about heterosexuality. Download your copy today!

And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.

Testing The Premise: Are Gays A Threat To Our Children?

Anti-gay activists often charge that gay men and women pose a threat to children. In this report, we explore the supposed connection between homosexuality and child sexual abuse, the conclusions reached by the most knowledgeable professionals in the field, and how anti-gay activists continue to ignore their findings. This has tremendous consequences, not just for gay men and women, but more importantly for the safety of all our children.

Straight From The Source: What the “Dutch Study” Really Says About Gay Couples

Anti-gay activists often cite the “Dutch Study” to claim that gay unions last only about 1½ years and that the these men have an average of eight additional partners per year outside of their steady relationship. In this report, we will take you step by step into the study to see whether the claims are true.

The FRC’s Briefs Are Showing

Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council submitted an Amicus Brief to the Maryland Court of Appeals as that court prepared to consider the issue of gay marriage. We examine just one small section of that brief to reveal the junk science and fraudulent claims of the Family “Research” Council.

Daniel Fetty Doesn’t Count

Daniel FettyThe FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics aren’t as complete as they ought to be, and their report for 2004 was no exception. In fact, their most recent report has quite a few glaring holes. Holes big enough for Daniel Fetty to fall through.