A lesbian couple asked a judge to “marry” them and he refused on the basis of his Christian Faith.
I suspect the government is going to do something damaging to the judge. I’m proud of him for standing on the word of God.
Melanie Hunter writes at CNS News, “Toledo Judge Refuses to Marry Same-Sex Couple, Citing Christian Beliefs.”
“On Monday, July 6, I declined to marry a non-traditional couple during my duties assignment. The declination was based upon my personal and Christian beliefs established over many years. I apologize to the couple for the delay they experienced and wish them the best,” Judge C. Allen McConnell, a Democrat, said in a statement, according to Toledo News Now.
“The court has implemented a process whereby same-sex marriages will be accommodated. I will continue to perform traditional marriages during my duties assignment. I am also seeking advisory opinion from the Supreme Court of Ohio at this time as to whether or not I can opt out of the rotation. Upon receipt of the advisory opinion from Supreme Court, I will abide by its decision,” McConnell added.
Carolyn Wilson said on Monday a bailiff called her and her partner into the hall and told them that McConnell did not perform “these types of marriages,” and although she did not speak to the judge himself, she assumed McConnell meant same-sex marriages, The Blade reported.
After returning to the clerk’s office with the sheriff’s deputy who works in the court, Wilson and her partner were told they could try to find another judge or get a refund.
After McConnell chose not to marry Wilson and her partner, Judge William M. Connelly, Jr., a Republican, eventually married the couple instead.
Connelly said he did so because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized gay marriage.
“My reading of it says we are to perform same-sex marriages,” Connelly said.
I wish I could say I’m surprised that a Democrat did the right thing and a Republican did not. There is no reason in the world why it should be legal, under the First Amendment, to force a judge to participate in a ceremony he does not believe in.
Sadly, I think the state Supreme Court will force him to comply. I also suspect that penalties will be imposed on him.
The ruling assumption right now is that, even though a person became a judge when it was compatible with one’s conscience to do the duties of a judge, one Supreme Court decision can force all judges to either give up their careers or their consciences.
That is exactly the kind of thing from which the First Amendment is supposed to protect people. This is just another case where the First Amendment is effectively canceled for a Christian.