County clerk in East Texas resigns over gay marriage ruling

Rusk County Courthouse in Henderson, Texas

Rusk County Courthouse in Henderson, Texas Billy Hathorn, Wikimedia

Rusk County Courthouse in Henderson, TexasBilly Hathorn, Wikimedia

Rusk County Courthouse in Henderson, Texas

HENDERSON, Texas –— An East Texas county clerk has resigned rather than comply with the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the right of same-sex couples to marry.

Rusk County Clerk Joyce Lewis-Kugle submitted her resignation letter Thursday. County Judge Joel Hale, Rusk County’s top administrator, said Lewis-Kugle wrote that she could not in good conscience issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

County commissioners are scheduled to vote on her resignation Monday. Hale said he expected it would be accepted.

District Attorney Michael Jimerson said Lewis-Kugle asked about her options and he told her “the Supreme Court is the law of the land.” He said she had a choice of issuing the license or resigning in protest.

Lewis-Kugle has no published telephone number and couldn’t be reached to comment on her resignation.

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