Dallas County Judge Tonya Parker has announced that she will not perform any more marriage ceremonies until LGBT Americans have access to marriage.
Parker, who is Dallas’ first openly lesbian county judge, told the Stonewall Dallas Democrats that she viewed her boycott as “my opportunity to give them a lesson about marriage inequality in this state because I feel like I have to tell them why I’m turning them away.”
“I usually will offer them something along the lines of, ‘I’m sorry. 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,’” Parker said. “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.”
According to MSNBC, Parker has also used her position to take a stand in other ways. For example, she has admonished an attorney who used the terms “homosexual” and “child molester” to have the same meaning, as well as added “partner” to the list of people jurors are forbidden to communicate with about ongoing cases.