Cleburne County Clerk To Resign, Opposes Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

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CLEBURNE COUNTY (KFSM) – One county clerk in Arkansas plans to resign due to moral objections to issuing same-sex marriage licenses, officials say.

Cleburne County Clerk Dana Guffey announced on Monday (June 29) that she plans to resign, according to affiliate station KTHV – Channel 11.

This comes after the Supreme Court ruled on Friday (June 26) that states must allow same-sex marriages.

Although she wasn’t named by him, Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, posted on his Facebook page on Sunday (June 28) that he knew of a county clerk that was resigning over the issuing of same-sex marriage licenses. Rapert has continually made Facebook posts opposing the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling.

Guffey will officially resign on Tuesday (June 30), KTHV reported.


  • Never go full liberal

    Trash reporting, do not even know why I waste my time on this one sided opinion column.

    • Curt Lanning

      No opinion. Just fact. Everything is properly attributed and cited. There’s not a single negative thing in this article.

      Thanks for your continued readership! Have a great day.

      • Never go full liberal

        Come on really? “Rapert has continually made Facebook posts opposing the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling.” That would be like me saying ” Curt Lanning continues to report social issues to fit his agenda and call out anyone who does not agree with his views” Do you think no one notices when the comments are turned off on certain articles? Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, you are allowed to express yours in your news articles, we should at least be able to express ours in the comments section.

    • Curt Lanning

      You’re free to express your stance, but you keep confusing my articles for opinion when they are indeed fact.

      “Rapert has continually made Facebook posts opposing the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling.”

      This is a fact. I’m not saying anything negative about the senator. I’m not agreeing or disagreeing with his posts. If you look at his page, he’s made at least half a dozen posts disagreeing with the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage. Fact. I’m just reporting what he posted. There’s not a drop of opinion there.

      I’m not calling you out for disagreeing with my views. You don’t even know what my views are. Just because I report on stories you find repulsive doesn’t mean I’m expressing “my view.” I report on stories, cite facts, and quote sources. I don’t give my opinion in any stories because that’s not my job as a journalist.

      What you and several other commenters that take issue with me have to realize is facts are facts, whether you like them or not. If I write a story about Eureka Springs passing a gay rights ordinance, that’s fact. It was voted on. I quoted the town’s mayor. I cited aldermen for the final tally. You don’t have to like the events in the story I reported on, but you do have to recognize it as fact. I didn’t write the story because I do or don’t support gay rights. I wrote it because it’s fact.

      Getting back to the senator, he has continually voiced an opinion that supports traditional marriage. I don’t take a stance on that. I simply report it so viewers know who he is and what he stands for as a politician. I do the same for other legislators on the opposite side of the aisle like Rep. Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville.

      I have commenters on the other side of the aisle come after me too. When I reported on Russellville having a Confederate flag display event, one person said I was advertising a KKK event.

      The truth of the matter is, I report stories on both sides of the political aisle, and some people mistake fact for opinion. I don’t write stories about the LGBT community because I do or don’t support them. I don’t write stories about the Confederate flag because I do or don’t support its display. I report facts and write stories because it’s my job, simple as that.

  • Never go full liberal

    “Rapert has continually made Facebook posts opposing the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling.”

  • ugotthatrite

    i commend her for her stance and stepping down, if only more politicians were this way, instead of forcing their morality on the public. too bad the senator won’t do the same…

  • Sarah Jones Geer

    I don’t agree with her stance, but this is how to actually dissent with integrity. Don’t break the law, especially not and expect to keep your government job- just leave the job when you know you can’t perform the duties required.

  • anthony4444

    Everyone has a right to their own opinion and I’m glad that Ms. Guffey is resigning rather than refusing to do her job. Having said that, I’m wondering if she has previously issued marriage licenses to couples that have cohabitated before getting married, have had sexual relations prior to marriage, have had children out of wedlock, have used birth control, have been divorced and/or have been adulterers. Perhaps, her friends and relatives have even engaged in these types of behaviors, all of which are against church teachings. I’m 100% certain of the answer to my rhetorical question and I find this to be extremely hypocritical. I think that she and all others that truly are against marriage equality solely based upon religion should do the following. Dig deep down into your souls and give really serious thought to why you overlook or even engage in the above behaviors, while you condemn being gay and/ or gay marriage, especially since being gay is NOT a choice. I cannot for the life of me understand how this is still debated when practically every gay person will tell you and have articulated over at least the last 45 years that it is absolutely not a choice, just as being straight is NOT a choice. After you dig deep down, that is assuming you need to dig deep down, and give serious thought to this issue and find that religion is not your real reason for these feelings but rather an excuse, please be honest enough to say why you oppose gay rights because, truly, the religion reason is extremely hypocritical for the majority of people.

    • arnold fudpucker

      You said ” I’m wondering if she has previously issued marriage licenses to couples that have cohabitated……”
      If you don’t understand the difference then you have some “deeply dug” problems. You are the extremely hypocritical one here.

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