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A Judge in Texas Discriminates. Bravo.

 

By Halina Schiffman-Shilo

Last October, LASIS reported that Rose Marie Belforti, a county clerk in upstate New York, refused to give gay couples a marriage license even after the state’s Marriage Equality Act was signed into law. Ms. Belforti said she was following her religious beliefs; the problem was that issuing marriage licenses was one of the key duties of her job.

As the Huffington Post and others have reported, a judge in Texas is doing something similar — but in reverse.

Judge Tonya Parker of Dallas County has announced that she will no longer marry heterosexual couples because she believes that the Texas prohibition against gay marriage is “not an equal application of the law.” And so heterosexuals arriving at her doorstep who want to get married are told, patiently and politely, the reason for her refusal to marry them, and are then referred to another judge.

LASIS wondered how it could possibly be legal for a judge to refuse to marry people based on their sexual orientation.

Since the other media outlets didn’t satisfy our curiosity, we investigated.   (more…)

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