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Following in the footsteps of anti-marriage equality clerk Kim Davis, Debbie Allen of West Virginia told newlyweds their marriage was an ‘abomination’ in the eyes of God.
Samantha Brookover and Amanda Abramovich went to the Gilmore County Courthouse to register their wedding, where they were allegedly told by deputy clerk named Debbie Allen that God would judge them.
Allen said, ‘We did not attack them. We did not yell at them. We were not aggressive with them. I felt I talked nicely to them.’
She continued, ‘I just told them my opinion. I just felt led to do that. I believe God was standing with me and that’s just my religious belief.’
Her colleague, Angela Moore, was also present, and said, ‘I was working on what I was supposed to be doing and, honestly, I didn’t care to make eye contact with them.’
Brookover and Abramovich claim that Allen huffed, slammed down copies of their driving licences and proceeded to tell them that their marriage was wrong in God’s eyes and that no one in Gilmer County would ever marry them.
Brookover said they were ‘flabbergasted and hurt and angry like you wouldn’t believe’.
The incident was reported to the county clerk who oversees Allen and Moore, Jean Butcher. She said, ‘They were issued the license, and that was the main thing.’ Hers is an elected role whose term expires on 31 December 2016.
Currently, the West Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act is currently being debated. If enacted, it would protect the right of religious people to act according to their conscience in issues of faith.
Jezebel has published the contact details for the clerk’s office for those wishing to make a complaint.