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Dent County, Mo., votes to lower flags in protest of Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling

Let’s answer this question first:

Where is Dent County, Mo.?

Answer: Southern Missouri. Population: About 16,000.

We’re telling you this because you’ll be asking that question once you hear Monday’s news out of Dent County, courtesy of the Salem News that covers the county.

Turns out that the commission there voted unanimously Monday to observe one year of “mourning” over the Supreme Court’s decision last month that gay couples have the constitutional right to marriage.

What’ll happen? Flags at the county Courthouse and Judicial Building will be lowered to below half-staff on July 26. They’ll stay that way until June 2016.

The Salem News reported that the vote came after Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles filed a letter protesting, “the U.S. high court’s stamp of approval of what God speaks of as an abomination.”

Skiles said he wanted the flag lowered so “all who see these flags at this lowered position be reminded of this despicable Supreme Court travesty,” he wrote.

Joining Skiles in the unanimous vote were commissioners Gary Larson and Dennis Purcell.

FYI: This is already making national news.