Locals form petitions opposing same-sex marriage

By Lesley Jenkins
star staff
ljenkins@starhq.com
Carter County residents are taking action in agreement with an announcement made by President Bush Wednesday that he opposes same-sex marriage by forming petitions to send to state representatives. Three copies of the petition are located in the County Court Clerk's office.
Mary Gouge, County Court Clerk, said Carol Wiseman, a janitor for the courthouse, gave her the petitions and requested signatures. The three copies are addressed to Sen. Bill Frist, Sen. Lamar Alexander and U.S. Rep. Bill Jenkins and mention that those who have signed "are opposed to same sex marriage."
As many residents poured into the courtroom to renew car registrations, they also stopped to sign their name to the petitions. After only one day of being placed in front of the booth Gouge works, the petitions listed approximately 30 signatures.
So far, Gouge said there hasn't been any opposition, and people are supportive of the petitions.
Gouge isn't certain how long the petitions will be available for signature or when they will be stamped and mailed to senators and congressman.
According to The Associated Press, President Bush said, "I believe a marriage is between a man and a woman, and I think we ought to codify that one way or the other." Contrary to the president's beliefs, different views were expressed by Vice President Dick Cheney, whose daughter Mary is a lesbian.
"People should be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to enter into. It's really no one else's business, in terms of trying to regulate or prohibit behavior in that regard," Cheney said.