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    Lesbian Judge Refuses To Marry Straight Couples
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    Courtesy of Loop21
    A judge in Dallas, TX has found her teachable moment.
    While speaking at an event earlier this week, Dallas County District Judge Tonya Parker told the audience:
    ?I`m sorry I don`t perform marriage ceremonies, because clearly the state does not have marriage equality and until it does I`m not going to partially apply the law to one group and not apply it to another group of people,? said Parker. ?It doesn`t seem right for me to perform ceremonies for people that can`t be performed for me.?
    The video has gone viral and reaction to it is split.
    More here http://uptownmagazine.com/2012/02/le...e=home_oneline

    Support her? Legal? Great way to point out the inequality in America?

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    I'm not sure why anyone would need a judge to perform a marriage ceremony anyway. Almost any minister can perform it or if you don't want to go that route all you need is a JP and they are a dime a dozen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    I'm not sure why anyone would need a judge to perform a marriage ceremony anyway. Almost any minister can perform it or if you don't want to go that route all you need is a JP and they are a dime a dozen.
    California doesn't have justices of the peace. You can get married by a minister, and you can get married by a commissioned county clerk but only at their office. If you're not religious and/or if you want to get married somewhere other than the county building on a weekday, you get married by a judge.

    Hats off to Judge Parker for standing up for her rights and everyone's right to marry the person they love. (See my siggie.)
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    This judge is in Texas, and since it is pretty easy to find a JP I doubt Judges perform very many marriage ceremonies anyway. So it is totally a publicity stunt but it doesn't make much of a statement here, especially since the Texas consitution has an amendment that marriage is between a man and a woman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    This judge is in Texas, and since it is pretty easy to find a JP I doubt Judges perform very many marriage ceremonies anyway. So it is totally a publicity stunt but it doesn't make much of a statement here, especially since the Texas consitution [sic] has an amendment that marriage is between a man and a woman.
    Then her statement is especially poignant, given that that amendment is a breech of human rights.

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    I would support her decision to not do something against her beliefs. Just the same as I would support a pharmacist being against giving out RX's he was personally against.

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    I support her right to not do something against her beliefs, just like I support the right of officials to not have to marry gay people if they do not believe in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    I would support her decision to not do something against her beliefs. Just the same as I would support a pharmacist being against giving out RX's he was personally against.
    Judges are hired to make moral judgments, pharmacists are not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blather View Post
    Judges are hired to make moral judgments, pharmacists are not.

    Exactly. And I do NOT support the right of a pharmacist to not dole out prescribed medication.

    And I was married by a judge. Lots of people are.
    Last edited by Potter75; 02-25-2012 at 11:30 AM.

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    Since it's a judge's job to interpret the law, I don't see this as out of line with her job requirements.

    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    Exactly.

    And I was married by a judge. Lots of people are.
    I was also married by a judge.

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