Barnett Breaks Her Media Silence – Stupidly, of Course

Timothy Kincaid

June 13th, 2008

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No one wants the opening paragraph of an article in the local media to be

Though County Clerk Ann Barnett has refused numerous interviews by ABC23 and other local media on a recent decision to end civil ceremonies, she has granted an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

I don’t think that ongoing local coverage of Barnett is going to be kind.

Not that the LA Times was fawning.

Barnett initially said her decision to stop the weddings was based on budget constraints and a lack of staff. On Thursday, she said her primary concern was office security because the county’s two wedding chapels are inside the elections division, which Barnett also supervises.

“It’s not roped off or anything, so people could wander into restricted areas,” she said.

But her critics say the facts contradict her explanations.

Her handlers at the Alliance Defense Fund should never have let her speak.

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

Christopherâ„¢

June 13th, 2008

Whoever said that “you get the face you deserve by the age of 40” wasn’t kidding.

Mean, mean woman.

Chris

Pete Beckman

June 14th, 2008

Kern County is a poor county with high unemployment. The program cancelled by Ms. Barnett allowed a couple to get married for less than $100. In fiscal 2007 44% of all of the marraige ceremonies performed in Kern County were performed by Ms. Barnett’s office. The people who will be hurt by Ms. Barnett’s actions are the young,poor, straight couples who relied upon the county clerk’s program.

The question now, is whether she will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Tuesday. She has stated she will do so, but the ADF is most certainly advising her not to do so. They want a martyr. She won’t speak to County Counsel Barney Barmann, who is sweating bullets because of the liabilty exposure if she disobeys the law.

Zeke

June 14th, 2008

She looks strikingly like one of the Phelps’ clan women; inside and out!

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