This past Monday, C. Allen McConnell, a Toledo judge, refused to perform a local couple’s same-sex wedding ceremony. After complaints and outcry from the both the couple and the pro-same-sex marriage community, Judge McConnell issued this statement:
The declination was based upon my personal and Christian beliefs established over many years. I apologize to the couple for the delay they experienced and wish them the best. The court has implemented a process whereby same-sex marriages will be accommodated. I will continue to perform traditional marriages during my duties assignment. I am also seeking advisory opinion from the Supreme Court of Ohio at this time as to whether or not I can opt out of the rotation. Upon receipt of the advisory opinion from Supreme Court, I will abide by its decision.
Though Judge McConnell respects the Supreme Court and the United States government at large, he refuses to make decisions that he feels would transgress his moral code. By adhering to his values, he has sparked controversy among his colleagues and acquaintances, who feel that his actions call into question his credibility as a judge. The Ohio ACLU called Judge McConnell’s convictions not only intolerant, but also unlawful in the following statement:
Public servants like Judge McConnell have an obligation to families who wish to marry in their courtrooms, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. The highest Court in the land decreed that people have a right to marry who they love, and judges have taken an oath to uphold those laws.
As if that were not enough, the ACLU went on to state that no judge has the right to place their own conscience above the law:
While we respect that judges have deeply held personal and religious beliefs, they should not interfere with the oath they took to uphold our Constitution. No judge has a right to deny a consenting adult couple the right to commit to their loving relationship through marriage.
Once again, the very proponents of “equal rights” are now denying them to anyone who refuses to comply. The hypocritical message of tolerance and equality emblazons headlines while honest people are repeatedly forced to lay aside their deeply held beliefs. This insanity must not continue. Judge McConnell deserves praise for refusing to perform an act against his own will.
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