Dent County Commission votes to ‘mourn’ same-sex marriage

Dent County Commissioner Gary Larson said the Supreme Court's decision is "just one step backward."

Dent County Commissioner Gary Larson said the Supreme Court's decision is "just one step backward."

Dent County Commissioner Gary Larson said the Supreme Court's decision is "just one step backward."

Dent County Commissioner Gary Larson said the Supreme Court’s decision is “just one step backward.”

SALEM, Mo. –— A Missouri county commission has voted to lower the flags at the county courthouse and the judicial building to “mourn” the legalization of same-sex marriage.

The Dent County Commission voted Monday to observe one year of mourning of the Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling. The commission plans to lower the flags below half-staff on the 26th of each month for a year, running from July to June.

County Commissioner Gary Larson said the Supreme Court’s decision is “just one step backward.”

According to Recorder of Deeds Cindy Ard, the county is issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and one couple has applied so far.

Dent County resident Alex Sellers has begun an online petition to stop the commission’s act of mourning. The 26-year-old Sellers said he wanted people to know not all Dent County residents agreed with the commissioners.

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