A gay judge in Texas has announced that she will no longer perform marriages until gay marriage is legalized. By way of explanation, here's what Dallas County Judge Tonya Parker had to say:
"I don't perform marriage ceremonies because we are in a state that does not have marriage equality, and until does, I am not going to partially apply the law to one group of people that doesn't apply to another group of people. 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. […] I do not perform them because it is not an equal application of the law. Period."
Parker added that the ability to perform marriages is a "right and a privilege" that she's choosing to opt out of. She also discussed her policies on terminology in her court, and her strict rule that "homosexual" not be used interchangeably with "child molester" in cases, something that happens all too often. She also makes a point of including the term "partner" when telling jurors not to discuss details of a case with their spouses.
"What I want to do is help those folks to have dignity in that moment that they are with me to know that I see you," Parker said. "I see you and in that I have reflected to them that I have respect for them."
What. A. Boss. Watch a video of Parker's comments below, and here's hoping more people in the legal profession follow her lead on these issues.