Texas judge sues state after it reprimanded her for refusing to officiate same-sex marriages

by Daniel Payne · Dec 18th, 2019 4:05 pm

Last Updated Dec 18th, 2019 at 7:43 pm

A judge in Texas is suing her state after it gave her a warning for refusing to officiate a same-sex wedding ceremony.

Dianne Hensley, a justice of the peace in Waco, had previously expressed a belief that she had a religious exemption from performing same-sex marriages. Gay couples who came to her office were referred to other judges to officiate their ceremonies, which led to Hensley having a complaint filed against her.

The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct issued an official public warning to Hensley over her conduct. In response, Hensley is suing the commission, seeking $10,000 in damages and a decree from the state that religious judges may opt out of officiating same-sex marriages if their faith compels them.

The judge is being represented by the First Liberty Institute, the largest non-profit organization in the U.S. focused exclusively on defending religious liberty.


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