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Old 02-23-2012, 06:31 PM
 
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"An openly gay Texas judge says she refuses to conduct marriage ceremonies for straight couples until same-sex couples can also wed."

Read more: Gay Texas judge, Tonya Parker, won

Wow! Will she remain on the bench? This reminds me a bit of a recent case in Michigan where a psych. college student refused to counsel gay clients stating that due to religious reasons, she didn't feel comfortable with regard to their relationship issues and offered to refer them to another therapist at the college clinic. That student was fired.
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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I hope someone higher comes down on that judge. Law trumps someone's opinion and a judge should certainly know that above anyone else.
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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Is she required to conduct marriage ceremonies or is it optional? If it's optional, then I don't see a problem here.
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:55 PM
 
Location: The Cascade Foothills
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I hope someone higher comes down on that judge. Law trumps someone's opinion and a judge should certainly know that above anyone else.
Would you feel that way if this were a hetero judge in a marriage equality state refusing to marry same sex couples?
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:55 PM
 
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I hope someone higher comes down on that judge. Law trumps someone's opinion and a judge should certainly know that above anyone else.
Law doesn't seem to matter much to a lot of people in this country anymore. I guess this is an example of Judicial Activism.
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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So she is using her elected position to push the gay agenda, typical.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Would you feel that way if this were a hetero judge in a marriage equality state refusing to marry same sex couples?
Did you comment in the thread about the counselor who wouldn't counsel gay people and wanted to refer them to another counselor ?

It is ok that people go into professions yet use their personal opinions to cherry pick what they want to do or not do ?

Personally I have no problem if gay marriage became legal in all states.
But I think this judge should champion that on her own time and not use her position to cherry pick on what she thinks the law should be.

What if firemen didn't want to put out fires of homes owned by gays ?
What if cops didn't want to respond to burglaries in homes owned by gays ?
What if teachers didn't want to teach kids of gay families ?
Now I realize I'm giving examples going in the opposite direction but it makes the same point.

When does the "cherry picking" cross the line ?
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:06 PM
 
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"An openly gay Texas judge says she refuses to conduct marriage ceremonies for straight couples until same-sex couples can also wed."

Read more: Gay Texas judge, Tonya Parker, won

Wow! Will she remain on the bench? This reminds me a bit of a recent case in Michigan where a psych. college student refused to counsel gay clients stating that due to religious reasons, she didn't feel comfortable with regard to their relationship issues and offered to refer them to another therapist at the college clinic. That student was fired.
This is consistent with pharmasicsts who refuse to fill prescriptions for the day after pill because they find them unethical, the same way this judge finds heterosexual marriage unethical and of course conservatives lobby for them to keep their jobs. I'm sure conservatives will be consistent and lobby for this judge to keep her job as well
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:06 PM
 
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Judges in Texas are authorized to oversee a civil marriage if they so choose. They are not required to do so. A judge could go a whole career without officiating a marriage. This is a non story.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:12 PM
 
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Judges in Texas are authorized to oversee a civil marriage if they so choose. They are not required to do so. A judge could go a whole career without officiating a marriage. This is a non story.
Do you have a link to support this?
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