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.



44 Responses to Inyo County Clerk conducts same-sex marriages

  1. Phil Tevlin September 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    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

  2. Trouble September 23, 2013 at 6:22 am #

    Unbelievable !

    • Precarious Times September 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

      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 to understand.

  3. Eastern Sierra Local September 23, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    That’s excellent news and congratulations!

  4. Mark September 23, 2013 at 8:55 am #


  5. Conor September 23, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    This is great. Congratulations!

  6. Augustino September 23, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    Awesome, great news! Congratulations!!

  7. Mongo The Idiot September 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

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

    • Pedro September 23, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

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

  8. Robert Johnson September 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    Congrats, Now This Is Progress 🙂

  9. TMR September 23, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    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 September 24, 2013 at 12:30 am #

      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 September 24, 2013 at 7:40 am #

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

        • Mongo The Idiot September 24, 2013 at 8:30 am #

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

        • Black/White Thinking September 24, 2013 at 9:46 am #

          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 you have it. Not much you can do with this sort of polarized rather than open-minded (liberal, if you’d like) thinking process.

          A prominent psychologist puts it this way:
          If people of the same sex clearly love each other and this bothers you immensely, perhaps it is because you are not addressing some hidden desires or sexual preference leanings that lie deep within you.

          • Pedro September 24, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

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

          • Mama June September 26, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

            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 from pervs…what about just taking care of our own?

  10. TheRealProblem September 23, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    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 the final decision, we all should take issue with how we got there. Keep your eyes open California…our votes should not mean nothing.

    • Pedro September 24, 2013 at 12:46 am #

      Populous also agrees to a judicial system….

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

  11. Wayne Deja September 23, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

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

    • Growing disharmony September 24, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

      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 live with themselves.

      There is growing disharmony today on one ideological matter after another at a time when we all might be better off finding our similarities and making concessions.

      • Bemused September 24, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

        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 September 24, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

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

          • Bemused September 25, 2013 at 8:10 am #

            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 September 26, 2013 at 8:06 am #

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

  12. Trouble September 24, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    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 September 26, 2013 at 10:57 am #

      Hmmm –
      The same could be said about organized religion.

  13. The Aggressive Progressive! September 25, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    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 that we don’t currently treat others fairly (love thy neighbor?) (equal treatment?) and we still have a lot of work to do.
    The reason why fundamental conservatives happen to be on the wrong side of history is because they tend to feel they have the answer to everything and hence don’t let any new information in, especially if it contradicts their reality that is reinforced by like minds, we live in a world of emerging life systems, emerging knowledge everything we comprehend is emerging, so why should somebody close the door on emerging reality’s by way of feeling in the blank with ignorance or something that a religious leader says.
    For example those that believe in the bible would most likely not believe in same sex marriage or climate change/global warming because the big book already tells them what it is = marriage is between a Man and Woman, and it’s the second coming of Jesus or the Great flood rather then human’s have unprecedented levels of consumption and the natural reaction of carbons in the atmosphere.

    I can’t wait to see the next 50 years, if we go forward with technological advancements and the knowledge of the outcome’s to social environments, or if we continue to see growth paralyzed because of the attempts of the established powers to hold on to their power.

    But anyways… Congrats to the Beautiful couple! This is another win for humanity!

    • Tourbillon September 25, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

      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 you also miss where the President claimed the power to assassinate an American citizen abroad? Or where his administration claimed the right to sift through everyone’s email as long as they cloak it in “metadata” gibberish?

      Take off the ideological blinders and stop alienating those who would be on your side.

      • Xineohp September 25, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

        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 first going through it?

        One claims and holds on to power when unsure of it. Otherwise, what is the point? Cheer up, things may better than we all think.

        • Making it too easy September 30, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

          “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 September 26, 2013 at 10:22 am #

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

      • The Aggressive Progressive! September 26, 2013 at 11:08 am #

        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.
        The Obama Administration is a joke if we are referencing it to a free society or free markets, for the influence of money in both has perverted the market and free society, so to blame the current administration for the current predicaments is a obvious misunderstanding of the sequence of events (supreme court rulings, status quo keepers, and those that continue to perpetuate that of which creates the problems in the first place) that lead us to this bad situation.

        I’ve thrown out the “signature strikes” “personal strikes” and “double taps” out there over and over in disgust with the administration, I mean it is breeding more enemy combatants, that’s obvious!

        I also speak out in outrage for the loss of our constitutional republic since we no longer go by a constitution that is for the people by the people, not to mention the complacent crowd that say “I don’t care, the Gov’t can look at my info” little do they know or care we NO longer have a Republic for the people by the people or a representative democracy, but hey i can’t help it if others choose to have blind faith to supposed authorities..

        Your right, I may alienate those who might be on the same side of logic or reasoning, but the time to “half step” is over and if those that may get upset because of my radical ways then they obviously forgot what the fight was about!
        But what does it matter what I speak out and do if it doesn’t go any farther then this website, thanks to those who actually take the time to read my radical words, and thanks to those numerous bloggers who post worthy stuff to read, and of course thank you to Benett Kessler for having a platform where we can engage in serious topics.. I understand my knowledge is ever emerging the more I keep the door open to new knowledge, and that is the point I was trying to make with the post above, that if we as a people of this society would not follow suit when the institutions and established powers push their outdated social structures and outdated practices on society in a effort to keep their power, we wouldn’t have growth paralyzed so…

        If you have the time? I am listening to see what it is that I missed?

        • Xineohp September 29, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

          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 lessening their support of the institutions.

          • From an American Classic September 30, 2013 at 10:40 am #

            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.

            Atticus Finch to his children

            ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

          • Benett Kessler September 30, 2013 at 11:04 am #

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

          • Xineohp September 30, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

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

  14. Christopher September 29, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    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 September 29, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

      I always thought of small towns as gay hot spots.

      • Pedro September 29, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

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

      • Judge not lest ye ... September 30, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

        Homophobia is alive and well in Inyo County.

        • Mark October 1, 2013 at 9:11 am #

          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 October 1, 2013 at 11:02 am #

            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.

  15. Trouble September 29, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    Miongo shut up!


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