Dallas judge won’t marry straight couples – until all couples are allowed to marry in Texas.


(Newser)      Dallas judge Tonya Parker says she won’t be conducting any marriage ceremonies until she and every other gay person in Texas have the same right to marry. When she turns straight couples away, Parker tells them: “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.” Parker passes the ceremonies on to other judges so the straights can get married.

“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,” Parker tells the Dallas Voice. The Texas Committee on Judicial Ethics describes officiating at weddings as a “discretionary function” that must not interfere with “mandatory judicial duties,” so Parker—who was elected in 2010 to preside over Dallas’ 116th Civil District Court—can’t be accused of shirking her duties, notes the Dallas Morning News.

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