Gay Judge Won't Perform Marriages Until She Can Have One

You know how some straight couples won't get married until gay people can? Well, a gay judge is doing them one better, by refusing to perform marriages until she can marry the lady of her choosing.


Texas Judge Tonya Parker told a group of Stonewall Democrats this week,

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.' And 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.

This seemed like a pretty badass form of protest, until I read Opposing Views's question: "Should a judge should be able to pick and choose which parts of his or her job they would like to do based on how they feel?" Given how fucked up it is when pharmacists and nurses do this, I'm not sure I want judges to take their beliefs into account either — even if those beliefs are, like Parker's, actually just and correct.

Video: Lesbian Judge Tonya Parker Won't Wed Any Couples Until Gay Marriage is Legal [Opposing Views, via ABC]


Good for her! I am one of those people who will refuse marriage until it is an equal right for everyone. I don't think this is anything like a pharmacist refusing service. Her refusal is totally logical and justifiable. A pharmacist refusing medicine is not. There was a case about a year a go where a pharmtech refused to fill a woman's prescription for a clotting medicine because she suspected that the woman needed it for complications related to an abortion. The woman's need for the medicine was critical. So basically she was standing there bleeding to death because some jerkface pharmtech assumed she was an evil baby killer. It shouldn't matter why the woman needed the medication, it should have been filled.