In a story today, the Bee reports that the Butte County Clerk Janice Grubbs has refused to perform any further marriage ceremonies in the Butte County Clerk’s office.
Don’t jump to conclusions, however, because Janice says that it has nothing to do with the recent dust-up over gay marriage. According to the piece, “…Grubbs says the county can’t afford to continue performing wedding ceremonies… [and] said her decision has nothing to do with the California Supreme Court’s ruling last month legalizing gay marriage.” (despite the fact that gay marriage just happened to be ordered by the court in the same week as her decision)
Apparently, folks in Kern and Merced counties thought this was such a good idea, they said that they’re going to stop performing marriages at their clerk’s offices as well.
In response to this, I chose three responses at random from the Snark-o-meter.
1) Can’t they see what kind of damage they’re doing? If couples can’t get married in a clean, safe Clerk’s office, then they’ll be forced to have back-alley weddings with inferior hygiene.
2) This reminds me of when Jerome Stichy pretended to be sick in junior high to get out of square dancing. He just didn’t want to have to touch a girl.
3) If I were a County Clerk, this is exactly what I’d do. Oh except for the refusing to perform marriages and being a total a-hole thing.
Spin the Snark-o-meter and see what response you get!