Tonya Parker, an openly gay Dallas County Judge, flatly refuses to perform marriages. Her reasoning is simple, as she states, “I do not perform them because it is not an equal application of the law. Period,” Judge Parker, the first openly gay African-American woman to be elected in the state of Texas, has been brazen in taking her stance on the matter.

The judge went on to defend her position stating, “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.”

Judge Parker, however, does politely explain to those heterosexual couples who come before her and would like to be wed her reasoning for not doing so. The judge says, “I use it as my opportunity to give them a lesson about marriage equality in the state because I feel like I have to tell them why I’m turning them away. So 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.”

I applaud this sista on so many levels, but mostly for being an intelligent, professional, black woman who is not afraid to use her position to challenge the law.

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  • Thanks again Judge Tonya Parker, for doing your job exactly the way you were intended to do it. And maybe one day there will be no hate and we will all have equality.

    Peace People,

    Diane Jean

  • kattisch

    This judge should be impeached for dereliction of duties. When she and her partner can produce a child the natural way as between one woman and one man, then she will have merit to her position. In the mean time, get rid of her!

  • Juge Parker: I am thanking God Right now that you are taking the risk. I will support you where ever you go. I will and my friends will vote for you as pursue of your dreams as if to run for president. With my word of honor and loyalty to will be a mark like a tatoo onto my heart. As An Asian- American, it is not a promise but as a vow of loyalty and honor.
    For these people who are stereo type, Letting them feel, to what we felt, of what they did to Us. It is not a revenge to them (heterosexual minded), but to educate them by what they did, PEOPLE like US….Bravo!!!!!!!!! Judge Parker.

    • alldawg

      Thanking God to bless a sin, “homosexual marriage” is an oxymoron…

  • Jerry

    Wow ! what is the arguement here ? some say they thank God for this judge ! they must not know the Bible that God has given us for the instructions on how we are to live and what he hates, It is clear he hates a man laying with a man and same with women , Levit. 20:13 and 18:22 ,so God wiped out Sodom and Gamora for this detstible sin, if he allows this to continue in the USA he will have to appoligize to Sodom, correct ? also in the new testament of the Bible first Timothy 1:9-10, here he refers to Sodomites which were gays, Galations 5:19 , Ephesians 5:3-7 , in these verses unclean persons are gays , not dirty from not taking a bath, that does not defile us before God , but homosex does defile us before God, so you can thank God for the chance for her any gay to be forgiven for their sin but thanking God that she is gay and standing against God is spitting in his face and making his enemy Satan happy, WOW !