Kern County clerk stung by criticism of her decision to halt civil
weddings at her offices
Ann Barnett has received hate mail and calls to resign. She will not say
if religion was a factor in the decision.
By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Ann Barnett says she's always tried to do the right thing, whether for her
church, her five children, her husband of 31 years or the people she
serves as Kern County's elected clerk and auditor-controller.
So she's bewildered by the anger that's come her way since she decided --
just before gay marriages become legal -- to stop holding all civil
weddings at her county offices.