I have often told people it is easier to throw stones than to catch them. I know catching stones is sometimes part of my job, but recently, my character was unfairly attacked for political purposes and I think it’s time to set the record straight.

I perform weddings for close friends and family only, as a favor to them. That has always been my policy and it has nothing to do with gay marriage. I don’t charge a fee for this, or any other service I perform as Mayor. At the most, I have performed 1 or 2 weddings a year for the past 11 years, again, for people I consider close to me. I spend a lot of time crafting the ceremony and vows to meet the personality of the couple as I know them. This is not only time consuming but requires knowledge of the two people involved.

On the subject of gay marriage, as I stated in a Facebook post, my brother was gay. He was married, and while I didn’t perform the ceremony, I would have. I would have done it without hesitation or concern for what anyone thought. He was my brother. However, if someone either straight or gay that I don’t know asks me to marry them, the answer is no. I’ll gladly help them find someone to perform the ceremony, but I won’t do it. I’m not a Justice of the Peace; I’m a Mayor.

I’m not asking anyone to agree or disagree with my policy. I only ask that you respect it.