Roosevelt NM County Clerk resigns

Timothy Kincaid

December 20th, 2013

Over next to Texas on the eastern edge of New Mexico is Roosevelt County, about 2,500 square miles of peanuts, Eastern New Mexico University, and not a whole lot else to say for it. But now it has two celebrities. (ABC)

Roosevelt County manager Charlene Webb confirmed that Clerk Donna Carpenter and Deputy Clerk Janet Collins announced their resignations Friday morning.

Webb declined to say why they quit. But county commissioners said it was in protest of Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling declaring it unconstitutional to bar same-sex couples from getting marriage licenses.

Commissioner Bill Cathey said the two had made it clear they would quit “rather than be associated with that.”

If they can’t bring themselves to “be associated with that”, then I respect their decision. If you can’t do the job, step aside so someone else can.

But should they decide that they are the victims and run to Fox News and the Family Research Council to whine about how their own personal religious beliefs could not be dictated to their neighbors, I’ll not be forgiving.

Joshy

December 20th, 2013

I wholeheartedly approve of these resignations. Out of a job they can’t do and… Equality for All. It’s a two-fer.

Ben In Oakland

December 20th, 2013

at last a winger with a little bit of integrity.

as for being “associated with that”:, were I getting married in their portion of New Mexico, I would not like my marriage to be associated with that… kind of attitude.

Bose in St. Peter MN

December 20th, 2013

Total respect for these two deciding they wouldn’t do their jobs, and following through.

I’m guessing Sen. William Sharer hates the timing of wishing “If they are saying it is unconstitutional, we need to make it constitutional,” the same day that a federal judge in neighboring Utah sliced and diced state-level constitutional amendments.

Richard Rush

December 20th, 2013

Based on their photos I’m going to go out on a limb here in guessing that there is more to their story than simply being true to their sincerely held beliefs. I’m guessing they’re old enough to retire with luxury government employee pensions “rather than be associated with that.”

FYoung

December 20th, 2013

@Ben in Oakland “at last a winger with a little bit of integrity.”

Not really integrity. They are cafeteria Christians at best, hypocrites at worst, assuming they had no qualms about marrying divorcees despite Christ’s condemnations of divorce and silence about homosexuality.

Ben in Oakland

December 20th, 2013

Integrity, when applied to antigay people and rabidly antigay people, always has an asterisk*

*void where prohibited by opposition to facts, logic, experience, kindness, compassion, or common decency

TampaZeke

December 21st, 2013

I suspect they were already going to retire but decided to add the extra benefit of martyrdom, and all the benefits that come with it, to their retirement package. They’ll become Fox News guests and NOM spokeswomen. Bet on it!

Richard Rush

December 21st, 2013

TampaZeke, you may have nailed it. They toiled away their entire lives as obscure nobodies, and now, finally, they may have seized a chance to be somebodies . . . for perhaps fifteen minutes.

There seems to be an increasing number of nobodies who become somebodies by merely standing up proudly for their bigoted principles rather than actually accomplishing anything . . . unless denigrating the lives of others is counted as an accomplishment.

Claude Jacques Bonho

December 21st, 2013

It would be nice if the media could report whether they have decided to retire rather than quit.

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