Inyo County Clerk conducts same-sex marriages

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Belinda Maria Crnich and Charity Ann Winsor with Clerk Foote

Inyo County Clerk Kammi Foote conducted the first two civil wedding ceremonies in the County Clerk’s office recently. One of the same-sex couples was Belinda Maria Crnich and Charity Ann Winsor. The women told Clerk Foote that they came to Independence to get married because of the significance of the name of the town to their special day.

Also, the second couple married in the Clerk’s office was Wayne Myers Hume and Eugene Donovan. They have been together for 26 years.

Both couples agreed to sharing their special day with local media.  These marriages follow a  decision last month by the California Supreme Court to deny the Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriages.  This ruling followed the U.S. Supreme Court’s order  – also against Proposition 8.

 

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Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

Miongo shut up!

Christopher
Christopher
8 years ago

Way to go Independence and Inyo County! Any small-minded assumptions some readers may have of a tiny, California town, just flew out the window.

Mongo The Idiot
Mongo The Idiot
8 years ago
Reply to  Christopher

I always thought of small towns as gay hot spots.

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago

Small towns are more bisexual, improves the chance of getting a date.

Judge not lest ye ...
Judge not lest ye ...
8 years ago

Homophobia is alive and well in Inyo County.

Mark
Mark
8 years ago

Exactly my thoughts.. Just who are these people that are so upset with what others do? They need to go mow their yard and clean up their front yard.

From Webster
From Webster
8 years ago
Reply to  Mark

A busybody – do-gooder, meddler or marplot, someone who meddles in the affairs of others.

The more I sincerely try to understand the thinking process of a busybody – the more I am confused. I suppose the most unhappy of us must find some way to vent.

The Aggressive Progressive!
The Aggressive Progressive!
8 years ago

Now that we see the tide turning in favor of civil liberties in a area where fundamentalist thinkers and conservatives have a majority here (inyo county), I wonder what stance or belief is next, for the trend for people to think for themselves and question the established powers and understanding… Read more »

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
8 years ago

You missed it by a mile. There are libertarian conservatives (e.g., Cato Institute) as well as libertarian leftists. And there are plenty of leftists who are anything but libertarian. With the Industrial Age top-down federal-government-knows-and-does-everything approach of the Obama administration, I would have thought you might have gotten it. Did… Read more »

Xineohp
Xineohp
8 years ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

Can one ever be on the wrong side of history or only wrong side of self in this moment? Does one fill in the blanks to avoid expanding into their being, to limit knowledge of their birthright to light and to darkness? How does one truly close any door without… Read more »

Making it too easy
Making it too easy
8 years ago
Reply to  Xineohp

“Cheer up, things may better than we all think”
This is very true for most of us.
But since virtually EVERYTHING is politics today, those from the extreme Right are guaranteeing a Democratic White House for … who knows when?

Words of wisdom
Words of wisdom
8 years ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

The mind is like a parachute – it functions best when it’s open.

The Aggressive Progressive!
The Aggressive Progressive!
8 years ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

Really Tourbillion? I missed it by a mile? Maybe we all and including yourself should take your own advice into consideration to integrate it within our own lives. For everything we ever know or come across is interpreted through a Ideological lens, whether that be the reader or the writer.… Read more »

Xineohp
Xineohp
8 years ago

Again, you are missing the flip side of the record. When our human consciousness expands and emerges faster than our institutions it weakens the institutions which then resort to claiming power. The fact that they have to resort to claiming and exercising power is a sign of people awakening and… Read more »

From an American Classic
From an American Classic
8 years ago
Reply to  Xineohp

What a person does is his OWN business. What he does might seem peculiar to us, but it does NOT seem peculiar to him. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago

You might try this when it comes to your relentless criticism of certain officials.
BK

Xineohp
Xineohp
8 years ago
Reply to  Xineohp

Some have walked in and/or been trampled by the shoes they criticize.

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

I could care less what adults do in private. But I do not think our gov’t should be telling my kids their beliefs.

a similarity
a similarity
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Hmmm –
The same could be said about organized religion.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

Good for these people finding true love in their lives….even if it does make some angry people angrier-er…..

Growing disharmony
Growing disharmony
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Our friends and neighbors who lose sleep over same-sex relationships are entitled to think what they want on this subject, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions on the subject. But before they can live with other friends and neighbors (especially in small, rural communities) they’ve got to… Read more »

Bemused
Bemused
8 years ago

You’re half-right…they have the right to think it, but they are not entitled to our automatic respect for their opinion.

open v closed mindedness
open v closed mindedness
8 years ago
Reply to  Bemused

Bemused –
We MUST have respect for their opinion –
otherwise we become just like them.

Bemused
Bemused
8 years ago

Wow Bennet. Admittedly, my apparently deleted follow-up response to this was rather snarky…but no more so than that which we see here constantly.

The dictum
The dictum
8 years ago

If you don’t see things our way – you are a bad American.

TheRealProblem
TheRealProblem
8 years ago

Awesome I totaly support this, and congrats to the new couple However, what bothers me is that the populous voted against it, and in our society that should mean something. Our legislators and judges are ruling against the will of the people. While most with common sense will agree with… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  TheRealProblem

Populous also agrees to a judicial system….

Only fair way to settle this is to outlaw all marriages.

TMR
TMR
8 years ago

Wait, all you have hit the red thumbs down…..does this mean you are against the marriage because this is a same sex couple? Or, am I missing something?

Kebo Fomoh
Kebo Fomoh
8 years ago
Reply to  TMR

I’d say you’re not missing much. Around here we pride ourselves in being libertarian (lower case l), until it actually applies to someone else’s liberty. Figure some people won’t come out and say these marriages disturb them, and some are saying what won’t be printed by SW.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  Kebo Fomoh

We will publish comments that say you are disturbed. But we are not interested in homophobic rhetoric.
Benett Kessler

Mongo The Idiot
Mongo The Idiot
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

I am disturbed, yet not about this..
I am disturbed that government is so deep in our personal lives.

Black/White Thinking
Black/White Thinking
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

I recall a conversation with my older brother re: the subject of same-sex couples marrying. Same parents. Same lower-middleclass background. Same parochial education. Same everything … except for the different point of view. After a heated discussion, my brother’s final words on the subject were this: “IT’S WRONG!” And there… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago

I’m not prejudiced, ANYONE happier than me pisses me off.

Mama June
Mama June
8 years ago

As my Honey Boo Boo says “Everybody’s a ‘lil Gay!!!” What’s the big deal? Love who you love….we got bigger fish to fry out there like hunger in our own counrty. No one should vote on stuff like who can marry who. What about making sure we protect our kids… Read more »

Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson
8 years ago

Congrats, Now This Is Progress 🙂

Mongo The Idiot
Mongo The Idiot
8 years ago

Government shouldn’t care what your sexual preference is, they should screw everyone equally.

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago

IRS ruled quickly that same sex marriage will be treated equally.

Augustino
Augustino
8 years ago

Awesome, great news! Congratulations!!

Conor
Conor
8 years ago

This is great. Congratulations!

Mark
Mark
8 years ago

Congratulations!

Eastern Sierra Local
Eastern Sierra Local
8 years ago

That’s excellent news and congratulations!

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

Unbelievable !

Precarious Times
Precarious Times
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

No matter how bitter things may get over this, these people are still our friends and this is still our home. Even if things might turn ugly we must all keep our heads. Why reasonable people go stark raving mad over things such as this is something I don’t pretend… Read more »

Phil Tevlin
Phil Tevlin
8 years ago

Many thanks to the Sierra Wave news staff for sharing this wonderful story. I never thought I’d ever see the day when 2 people regardless of gender could be married in the full light of the law. And in Independence, no less. Phil Tevlin