Tonya Parker, a Dallas County district judge in Texas, has taken a firm stand for gay rights by refusing to marry heterosexual couples. According to Loop 21, she spoke before an audience during an event earlier this week and explained that until gay people gave the same right she won’t participate in any wedding ceremonies:
“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,” she said. “It doesn’t seem right for me to perform ceremonies for people that can’t be performed for me.”
Because Texas doesn’t mandate that judges perform marriages, Judge Parker’s stance doesn’t violate any laws but it has caused some to question her ability to judge fairly considering her personal beliefs are preventing her from performing ceremonies for straight couples. Still, supporters of gay rights are applauding her willingness to take a public stand for their cause.
Check out the video of Judge Parker’s speech below. Do you agree with her choice to stop performing ceremonies? Do you think her decision suggests she’s incapable of being impartial as a judge?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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