Dallas Judge Won’t Perform Any Marriages Until Gay People Can Legally Wed

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A Dallas County judge said that she won’t perform opposite-sex marriages until all gay couples can legally marry. Judge Tonya Parker said at a February 21 meeting with the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas that although she has the power to marry men and women she chooses not to until same-sex couples can marry.

“I use it as my opportunity to give them a lesson about marriage inequality in this state because I feel like I have to tell them why I’m turning them away,” Parker said. “So I usually will offer them something along the lines of, ‘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.’ 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.” [NBCDFW]

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