Toledo Judge Refuses to Perform Same Sex Marriage
Another Ohio judge now simply refuses to perform any wedding ceremonies. His position is that by refusing to perform this function of his job, he is at least treating all individuals in the same manner.
This has led to the issuance of a judicial ethics opinion from Ohio's Board of Professional Conduct. In sum, the opinion says that judges must follow the laws when executing their judicial functions and that they must do so impartially, without bias or prejudice, keeping their own personal views out of the process.
The ethics opinion states:
Judges are further advised that personal, moral, or religious beliefs should not be a factor ... and to be aware of the impact that a decision to decline to perform all civil marriages may have on the public’s perception of the judiciary.This language suggests that simply refusing to perform a sanctioned function, i.e. marriages, is not a solution.
There will be many other instances in the courthouses, schools and workplaces across the country where marriage equality is not accepted by those in charge. If you have experienced discrimination in this manner, contact our law firm to discuss your options.