Watch: Texas Judge Publicly Shamed After Refusing To Perform Same-Sex Marriage
A Texas judge is under the gun after refusing to perform a same-sex marriage on a gay couple citing her faith. How is it we keep running into this issue? It doesn't seem American to put the rights of some over the religious beliefs of others, yet we see it again and again.
As the couple in question, why not find a judge that doesn't have a moral dilemma on performing your wedding?
According to Fox News, a Texas judge received a public warning Monday from the state's Commission on Judicial Conduct for refusing to perform same-sex marriages.
McLennan County Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley has said her “Bible-believing” Christian conscience did not allow her to perform same-sex weddings and believes she’s entitled to a “religious exemption.” Hensley continues to perform weddings for heterosexual couples.
The order made public Monday said Hensley was violating Texas Code of Judicial Conduct which states, “A judge shall conduct all of the judge’s extra-judicial activities so that they do not cast reasonable doubt on the judge’s capacity to act impartially as a judge,” according to the Waco Tribune-Herald.
It said Hensley should receive a public warning for “casting doubt on her capacity to act impartially to persons appearing before her as a judge due to the person’s sexual orientation.”
A public warning is the second-highest of six disciplinary measures used by the commission. Other possible sanctions include suspension from office and requiring additional legal education.
The Houston Chronicle reported the complaint was brought forward by the commission itself, not a member of the public.
Hensley has been in office since 2014, one year before gay marriage was legalized in Texas and across the U.S. by the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. The order specifically referenced comments Hensley made in a June 2017 Tribune-Herald story in which she said she “would only do a wedding between a man and a woman."