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Stop Act of "Mourning Gay Marriage" By Lowering Flags Below Half Mast

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According to an online posting by The Salem News, "The Dent County Commission voted unanimously Monday to observe one year of "mourning” over the Supreme Court’s June 26 decision that gay couples have the constitutional right to marriage.  The observance will come in the form of lowering the flags at the Dent County Courthouse and Judicial Building to below half-staff on the 26th day of the month from July 2015 to June 2016."

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The purpose of this petition is to respectfully request that the Commission rescind this decision.  While it is understood that individual commissioners may disagree with this Supreme Court ruling and have every right to voice their individual opinions, it is inappropriate for them to take action such as that described which projects their opinions as those of the entire community.  The act of lowering the American flag from full height has long been a way for communities to mourn local and national tragedies.  To compare the Supreme Court ruling on homosexual marriage rights to those tragedies in any way is an insult to both the tragedies that have been previously mourned in this manner and the basic principles of government under which the United States operates that led to this court decision, not to mention those personally affected by the ruling.

This political showcase is hurtful personally to several residents of Dent County and the surrounding area, which seems counter-intuitive to Jesus Christ's message of "love thy neighbor" for those of the Christian faith, of which most, if not all, of the commissioners prescribe.

For these reasons, and a multitude of others not specifically mentioned above, the signers of this petition respectfully ask for the Dent County Commission to reverse its decision to lower the flags at the Dent County Courthouse and Dent County Judicial Building to below half-mast in order to "mourn the gay marriage ruling".

http://www.thesalemnewsonline.com/news/local_news/article_e2b4e196-2994-11e5-813b-739421b68bb6.html



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