Video: Lesbian Judge Tonya Parker Won't Wed Any Couples Until Gay Marriage is Legal
Judge Tonya Parker, an openly-gay judge in Texas, says that she is refusing to wed opposite sex couples until same sex couples can be married (video below).
Judge Parker explained at a recent Stonewall Democrats of Dallas meeting why she refused to perform marriages: "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.”
Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2005 that defined marriage as a union solely between one man and one woman.
What do you think? 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? Or do you believe Judge Parker is following the law as she sees it?