Proponents of gay marriage protest Jefferson County Board's deci - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Proponents of gay marriage protest Jefferson County Board's decision

On Monday night dozens of people in support of gay marriages in Jefferson County showed their displeasure with the county board's decision to not recognize same sex marriages. On Monday night dozens of people in support of gay marriages in Jefferson County showed their displeasure with the county board's decision to not recognize same sex marriages.

MT VERNON, IL (KFVS) - A resolution voted upon by the Jefferson County Board in June to define marriage as only between a man and a woman has many people upset.

On Monday night dozens of people in support of gay marriages in Jefferson County showed their displeasure with the county board's decision to not recognize same sex marriages.

"I personally appreciate the traditionalism that everybody's standing behind," said Amanda Duncan. "However, that puts us a step behind with everybody else in these growing times. We'd like to see Mt. Vernon grow as a community. And we'd like to see new businesses come in. We're afraid this message is really sending a negative vibe to people out there."

There was only one 'no vote' and one county board member who abstained from voting on the resolution.

"Unfortunately whether or not it's intentional or not I believe that this was done to hurt people," said Jeremy Hall the only Jefferson County Board Member to vote against the resolution. "I'm not saying it was done intentionally. I think as it was worded it read with pure hatred. And I didn't like that whatsoever. That made me very uncomfortable."

It's making many of the same sex couples living in Jefferson County uncomfortable and upset with the county board.

"I've been in my partnership for 26 years, and it feels like a kick in the gut," said Paul Oakley. "When the people elected to represent my county think it's worthy of their time to say that my relationship is not valid, not as important, not as worthy as traditional marriages."

The measure was proposed to the county board by vice chairman Wayne Hails.

"The vast majority of the people I represent believe that marriage is between a man and a woman," said Hails. "I don't think this is going to detour tourism of development in the county. Because the vast majority of tourists, and the vast majority of business people have the same beliefs I do."

For now the county board says they have no plans to rescind their vote and decision to not recognize gay marriages in the county.

"The main thing is it represents this county as being inhospitable, as being discriminatory, as being against rather then for people," said Oakley. "It's a negative move."

Copyright 2012 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Texas school gunman: 'I'm going to kill you.' Then he fired

    Texas school gunman: 'I'm going to kill you.' Then he fired

    Saturday, May 19 2018 11:51 PM EDT2018-05-20 03:51:30 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 8:13 AM EDT2018-05-20 12:13:52 GMT
    (Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...(Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

  • Mother has message for son after he's arrested for stealing car

    Mother has message for son after he's arrested for stealing car

    Saturday, May 19 2018 8:49 AM EDT2018-05-19 12:49:30 GMT
    Evelyn Thompson (Source: WMC Action News 5)Evelyn Thompson (Source: WMC Action News 5)

    A police chase in Memphis ended with two suspected car thieves in police custody, and one angry mother with a message for her son behind bars. 

    A police chase in Memphis ended with two suspected car thieves in police custody, and one angry mother with a message for her son behind bars. 

  • In deadly school shooting, a confession but no clear motive

    In deadly school shooting, a confession but no clear motive

    Saturday, May 19 2018 1:10 AM EDT2018-05-19 05:10:39 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 12:05 AM EDT2018-05-20 04:05:44 GMT
    (Galveston County Sheriff's Office via AP). This photo provided by the Galveston County Sheriff's Office shows Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who law enforcement officials took into custody Friday, May 18, 2018, and identified as the suspect in the deadly schoo...(Galveston County Sheriff's Office via AP). This photo provided by the Galveston County Sheriff's Office shows Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who law enforcement officials took into custody Friday, May 18, 2018, and identified as the suspect in the deadly schoo...

    Officials say the Texas student charged in the shooting at Santa Fe High School described planning the attack in private journals.

    Officials say the Texas student charged in the shooting at Santa Fe High School described planning the attack in private journals.

Powered by Frankly