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So this is interesting...
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.
The vote came after Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles filed a letter into the public record protesting, “the U.S. high court’s stamp of approval of what God speaks of as an abomination.” The letter details Skiles’ opposition to gay marriage and proposes lowering of the flags so “all who see these flags at this lowered position be reminded of this despicable Supreme Court travesty,” he wrote.
Joining Skiles in the unanimous vote were commissioners Gary Larson and Dennis Purcell.
This outrageous reaction to a Supreme Court ruling that should be celebrated, only proves that the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA) needs to be passed, so LGBT Missourians are afforded the same protections as every other Missourian.
Tuesday morning, Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said the commission will meet in special session Tuesday or Wednesday to rescind that order "out of respect for veterans and those currently serving in the military.
Besides being an incredibly offensive, bigoted decision lowering the flag to half mast because of a Supreme Court decision is not in line with the U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs rules for lowering American flags.
Here’s one example: “An easy way to remember when to fly the United States flag at half-staff is to consider when the whole nation is in mourning. These periods of mourning are proclaimed either by the president of the United States, for national remembrance, or the governor of a state or territory, for local remembrance, in the event of a death of a member or former member of the federal, state or territorial government or judiciary.”
None of that applies in the case of Dent County, where three local officials decided to display their bigoted views for all to see on the flag-flying issue.
Fortunately, far from all Dent County residents saw things the same way.
Some started a petition to overturn the county commission’s action. It now appears that this forward-thinking move won’t be needed — if the commission rescinds its order.
Still, it’s too late to save the reputation of Dent County for the time being.
In the words of Gov. Nixon, discrimination against LGBT Missourians "is wrong, and it's not who we are— and it must change."