This Gay Judge is Refusing to Perform Straight Marriages, No Jail Time – No Media Outrage
An openly gay Texas judge says she refuses to conduct marriage ceremonies for straight couples. No one tried to put her in jail. No federal judges tried to condemn her.
The Dallas County Judge Tonya Parker explained her decision at a monthly meeting for the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas.
“I do not perform them because it is not an equal application of the law. Period,” she said, according to the Dallas Voice, a newspaper for the gay community.
Parker is believed to be the first openly “gay” African-American elected official in the history of the state, according to NY Daily news
Parker told the audience that while she refuses to conduct the ceremonies, she explains her reasoning to the couples.
“I use it as my marry people based on the fact that they were not homosexuals wasn’t backed by any faith based belief or anything oth opportunity to give them a lesson about marriage equality in the state because I feel like I have to tell them why I’m turning them away,” she said.
Her refusal toer than a personal vendetta.
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