Gay Dallas Judge Won't Perform Straight Marriages | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth I use it as my opportunity to give them a lesson about marriage inequality in this state because I feel like I have to tell them why Im turning them away, Parker said. So I usually will offer them something along the lines of, Im sorry. I dont perform marriage ceremonies because we are in a state that does not have marriage equality, and until it does, I am not going to partially apply the law to one group of people that doesnt apply to another group of people. And its kind of oxymoronic for me to perform ceremonies that cant be performed for me, so Im not going to do it." Update: Judge Parker released the following statement to the media on Thursday afternoon. I faithfully and fully perform all of my duties as the Presiding Judge of the 116th Civil District Court, where it is my honor to serve the citizens of Dallas County and the parties who have matters before the Court. Performing marriage ceremonies is not a duty that I have as the Presiding Judge of a civil district court. It is a right and privilege invested in me under the Family Code. I choose not to exercise it, as many other Judges do not exercise it.