Dear Mr. Skiles, Dent County Commissioner,
Dent County is making a lot of news right now after you and the other commissioners in Dent County voted to lower the flags to half-staff. I thought to myself, “did someone important die in Dent County?”
The lowering of the flag was out of “mourning” because of the Supreme Court decision to make gay marriage legal. You and the commissioners were so struck by grief over the ruling that you had to make a protest statement and lowering the flag felt like the right choice.
“Skiles said the decision by the Supreme Court hurt him “deep down inside, like the death of a near and dear loved one,” leading to writing the letter and proposing the flag lowering.” You forgot to add, just not a gay loved one, because that just ain’t right.
You could have protested by saying, “I just don’t agree with the decision,” (insert stern finger wagging) like other people who don’t agree and then moved on after realizing that this decision in no way impacts your life in Dent County.
But NOOOOOOO…..you and the other commissioners had to take that extra dramatic step and propose lowering the flag to show that you were in mourning. (And people say gay men are dramatic. You showed them.)
And then add insult to injury, your decision to lower the flag was met with opposition so you decided to rethink your decision. I understand this. I got blonde highlights this summer and it wasn’t a smart decision. They don’t look good. In fact, I’m rethinking this decision right now so who am I to judge when someone changes their mind. EXCEPT you aren’t changing your mind about lowering the flag, because the symbolism is an insult to LGBT Americans – strike that…all Americans, to our judicial process and to our Founding Fathers. You are changing your mind, because it “disrespect veterans.”
So that leaves us to address your state of mourning. I suggest if you are that torn up over gay marriage, you might think about taking a lot of time off to recover. How can you possibly fulfill your duties as commissioner of Dent County in this kind of mental state of distress? Gay marriage is happening in the United States. #LoveWins isn’t just a hashtag, its reality in America. I think you should probably submit your resignation letter and take some time to go through the stages of mourning. It’s the best thing for you. Who knows how close a married, gay couple could get to you and what kind of upset mindset that would put you in. You may just need to cuddle up with some Kleenex and cry it out. As you said the ruling was the “saddest day in American history”. I’m sure the families of the victims of 9/11 don’t take any offense to that whatsoever.
Enjoy your time off and remember you have every right to disagree with something. When you disagree, you can simply say, “I disagree with that.” Trust me…I do it every day.
Yours for disagreeing in an agreeable manner that doesn’t insult most of America,