Tired of being a justice of the peace and never a bride, Judge Tonya Parker (right) has announced she’ll no longer perform any marriage ceremonies until same-sex nuptials are legal in her home state of Texas.
At a meeting of the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas last week, Parker—who is openly gay—explained it was “oxymoronic” for her to officiate over hetero ceremonies.
“I don’t perform marriage ceremonies because we are in a state that does not have marriage equality and until it does, I’m not going to partially apply the law to one group of people that doesn’t apply to another group of people,” Parker said in a video of the Tuesday discussion. “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.”
But don’t think Parker has anything against straight marriage. She said in a statement:
“I do not, and would never, impede any person’s right to get married,” Parker wrote. “In fact, when people wander into my courtroom, usually while I am presiding over other matters, I direct them to the judges in the courthouse who do perform marriage ceremonies… I do this because I believe in the right of people to marry and pursue happiness.”
We salute Parker’s stance but she’s got to be making some enemies in the Lone Star State, which doesn’t recognize any sort of same-sex union. In fact a Republican candidate for senate there made digs his opponent, former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert, for participating in a gay pride parade.
In a recent debate, former pro footballer Craig James said, “when a mayor of a city chooses twice to march in a parade celebrating gay pride, that’s a statement – and it’s not a statement I agree with… I think right now in this country, our moral fiber is sliding down a slope that is going to be hard to stop if we don’t stand up with leaders who don’t go ride in gay parades.”
We’re guessing James isn’t a fan of Annise Parker, the current mayor of Houston and an out lesbian.
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