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Unanswered Questions or Probate Office says no marriage licenses or No marriage licenses in Chambers Co. or Probate Office says “Go to Lee County”

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Paul RichardsonBy Paul Richardson

Sometimes a seemingly insignificant event can lead to a whole host of unanswered questions, especially when it involves elected officials. One would think they, of all people, would be eager to set the record straight, not wishing to live under any suspicion.

But last week, a gentleman called and asked if we knew why the Chambers County Probate Judge’s Office would not issue him a marriage license.

Of course, we had no idea why, or that such a thing was even going on. Immediately, we thought it might have something to do with the recent same sex marriage license fiasco that has cast a dark shadow over other institutions that refused to comply with the new law.

This particular person who called was told (by the Chambers County Probate Office) to “go to Lee County.”
The only way to get to the bottom of this mystery was ask the Probate Office. After more than half a dozen calls last Friday with the promise that someone would call back, it never happened.

When Monday morning rolled around, again I was on the phone to the Probate Office, still asking to speak directly to the Judge for the facts surrounding this strange refusal of public service from an elected official.

And same as last week, the person who answered refused to transfer the call to the Judge.

“She was in a meeting,” I was told, “But she has your number from last Friday.”
Similar calls Monday to the Lee County Probate office to ask why people were being referred there, met with the same response, “The Judge is in a meeting. Someone will have to call you back.”

That also did not happen.
So at the end of the day, we are left still wondering why can’t a person buy a marriage license in Chambers County, even if that person is gay or straight?

What gives the Probate Office the right to refuse anyone a service mandated by law?

Is it some kind of moral issue within the Judge’s office, or a publicity stunt?

What is so secretive that no one in the Probate Office will dare speak of the issue? Are they above reproach?
All we can do is wait for a response.

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