Gay Dallas Judge Won't Perform Straight Marriages

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    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 I’m turning them away,” Parker said. “So I usually will offer them something along the lines of, ‘I’m sorry. I don’t 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 doesn’t apply to another group of people.’ And it’s kind of oxymoronic for me to perform ceremonies that can’t be performed for me, so I’m 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.



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    Well, well, well. That's a fine howdy do.
     
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    He's paid to perform that service.

    He should be reprimanded for not doing his job.

    blithering on about the fine line of rights and privileges is horseshit, it's part of his job.
     
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    Sounds like forcing her to perform these duties compromises her values, good for him for staying true to his personal belief system.

    eta: changed pronoun, i too wrote he.
     
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    He can easily go through the ceramony for himself. He can marry any woman of his choice that is:

    1) Unmarried
    2) Above the age of consent
    3) Not closely related to him.

    Absolutely nothing but his own choices is stopping him.
     
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    Whoever is going to a judge to get the state's seal of approval to excercise a common law right needs their head examined in the first place.
     
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    He could always resign if his job interferes with his beliefs. Rather than pontificating from the bench.

    There is no "marriage inequality" here. Everyone has an equal right to marry.
     
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    If his belief system keeps him from doing his job, he needs to move on.
     
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    SHe should not have to perform these services. Neither should any minister have to provide said services to gays if it is not to their liking.
     
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    Good for him. Any straight couple that want to get married can go find a judge that will marry them. Why on earth would they want him to marry them anyway?

    er, sorry, make that good for her.

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