Missouri County Will Not Lower Flag In Mourning of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling After All

| by Nathaly Pesantez

On Monday, all three commissioners from Dent County, Missouri, voted to lower the flags at its local Courthouse and Judicial Building to half-staff for a year to mourn the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on same-sex marriage.

But on Tuesday morning, the Commission seems to have changed its mind.

Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles announced that the vote to lower the flags will be rescinded on Tuesday or Wednesday in a special session. Skiles says the decision was made “out of respect for veterans and those currently serving in the military,” according to The Salem News.

The decision initially called for the flags to fly at below half-staff on the 26th day of every month, according to Talking Points Memo. The ruling would have been observed from July 2015 until July 2016.

“I want to reserve that position for those who deserve that honor,” Skiles said to Buzzfeed News. “I wanted to lower the flags to a level below that,” he said, referring to the below half-mast position.

“I just want anybody who sees that to be reminded we find it revolting that the Supreme Court has ruled in this manner,” he said.

Dent County resident Alex Sellers, 26, created an online petition after hearing of the Commission’s decision. The petition, which called for the vote to be rescinded, garnered over 1.000 signatures over night.

“I’m very proud of the way people in the community and around the country came together to give opposition to this,” Sellers said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Monday’s vote came just days after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order for all state agencies to adhere to the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling.

Sources: Talking Points Memo, BuzzFeed News, The Salem News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Photo Credit: White House Press Office via Wikipedia