Hattiesburg lawyer withdraws from running for Lamar County circuit clerk over same-sex marriage

PURVIS, MS – A Hattiesburg lawyer has withdrawn from running for Lamar County circuit clerk due to personal issues with same-sex marriage.

The Associated Press reports that Jay Jernigan, that he “does not feel comfortable” about the issuing of gay marriage licenses and therefore would not be able to perform his duties as a circuit clerk. His withdrawal came in letter form to the Lamar County Republicans Party Executive Committee.

Despite his feelings about same-sex marriage, the AP says Jernigan claims that he has represented several gay clients and “his beliefs on gay lifestyles do not interfere with representing clients.”

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