Dallas Judge Won’t Perform Marriages Until Gays Can Wed

DALLAS (KRLD) – Dallas County Judge Tonya Parker says she won’t perform marriage ceremonies until homosexuals can marry.

Even though she will not perform the ceremonies, Parker told the Dallas Voice she will pass marriage ceremonies on to other judges so they can be completed.

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In a statement Thursday, Judge Parker further explained her stance:

I faithfully and fully perform all of my duties as the Presiding Judge of the 116th Civil District Court, where it is my honor to serve the citizens of Dallas County and the parties who have matters before the Court.

Performing marriage ceremonies is not a duty that I have as the Presiding Judge of a civil district court.  It is a right and privilege invested in me under the Family Code.  I choose not to exercise it, as many other Judges do not exercise it.  Because it is not part of our duties, some Judges even charge a fee to perform the ceremonies.

I do not, and would never, impede any person’s right to get married.  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.   If my deputy is not busy, I will even ask him to escort or help these individuals find another Judge who performs the ceremonies.  I do this because I believe in the right of people to marry and pursue happiness.

– Judge Tonya Parker

Judge Parker addressed the Dallas County Stonewall Democrats Tuesday:

Parker was elected in 2010 and is the first lesbian to be elected as a county judge in Dallas.

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  • Ron Keller

    I guess that she then agrees that if a judge in a state that allows gay marriages should refuse to if the marriage is gay and the judge believes it wrong.. Want to bet? If your a judge your follow the law not your biases. She needs to resign or be voted out of office!

  • Anson

    This judge should be held for violation of the laws governing perjury. Failure to abide by the oath to uphold the law is exactly perjury.

  • its me

    This judge has no obligation to perform marriage ceremonies, Anson and Ron. You should really brush up on these kinds of things if you’re going to go spouting off about something you obviously don’t have a clue about. She is completely within her rights.

  • Amy

    Good for her. Standing up for what she believes in, and she has every right to do it.

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  • Sense and Sensibility

    There appears to be great ambiguity as to what the duties are of a civil district judge. Let me help clarify: it is not to marry people. It is to preside over the cases on her docket. However, the right to perform marriage ceremonies is granted to judges by statute, if they so choose to perform such services. I would draw a parallel to a ships captain that performs such services. It is not their duty, but something discretionary they can do if asked to do so.
    That said, Ms. Parker is a great judge who applies the law and who is not scared to dismiss meritless cases or grant summary judgments. Because of this, she is respected not only by Democrats but by Republican defense attorneys. Judge her on her performance as a judge, which is exemplary by the way, not this made up controversy by persons ignorant of what a judges actual duties are.

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