Another Circuit clerk candidate withdraws from election citing same-sex marriage ruling

Another Circuit clerk candidate withdraws from election citing same-sex marriage ruling

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Another Circuit Clerk candidate has withdrawn from a Pine Belt Circuit Clerk's race, citing the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision as the reason.

Candidate Mike Lott released the following statement Thursday afternoon regarding his decision to drop out of the Forrest County race:

To Forrest County Voters:

A couple of weeks ago, a few days after I had actively started my campaign for Circuit Clerk, five of the nine members of the U.S. Supreme Court, for legally practical purposes, changed the definition of marriage in our country to include same-gender marriages.  Since that time a district federal judge has ruled Mississippi’s ban on same-gender marriage as null and void.  As a Christian who believes that God (not government) created the institution of marriage--- and that He did so for one man and one woman---I will not be able to have my name on a document that is given to two people of the same gender for the purpose of licensing them to marry.

For that reason, since circuit clerks issue marriage licenses in the counties in Mississippi, I have notified the chairman of the Forrest County Republican Executive Committee that I am withdrawing my name as a candidate for Forrest County Circuit Clerk.  My understanding is that ballots have already been printed, and my name will appear on the ballot when you go to vote; so, don’t be confused on Election Day when you see that.

I would hope that all who know me understand that I do not do this with hatred or judgment in my heart for any person; I do it only because it is what I believe in my heart to be what God is telling me to do based on what I believe in His Word to be truth, and I am choosing to stand firm on that truth.  This decision is strictly based on my personal convictions and is not meant to reflect at all on other candidates and their choices.   For now, I will take these events, as they relate personally to me, as confirmation that I am to continue working with teachers, students, and parents in the world of education.

I know there will be some who will condemn my decision and talk negatively about me for making it.  That will be their personal choice to do so; but, as for me, as God’s Word says in Psalms 46, “I’d rather go through persecution with God, than prosperity without Him.”   

I would like to thank all of you who have pledged your support to me in my bid for Circuit Clerk thus far.  I ask you to join me as we continue to pray for our governmental  leaders; also pray that Christians will see the need to respond to this issue related to the institution of marriage (as set by God)  with great concern and with the proper attitudes.

                                                                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Mike Lott

A Lamar County Circuit Clerk candidate Jay Jernigan announced his withdrawal last week. Jernigan also said the same-sex marriage decision led him to leave the race.

The Supreme Court announced their decision on June 27, allowing same-sex marriage to be legal in all 50 states.