Texas Judge Warned for Refusing to Perform Same-Sex Weddings

Dianne Hensley has 30 days to appeal the sanction…

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(Associated Press) The Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct issued a public warning to a judge who refuses to perform same-sex marriages.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports that McLennan County Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley has said her “Bible-believing” Christian conscience prohibits her from doing same-sex weddings.

She believes she’s entitled to a “religious exemption.”

Hensley has continued to perform opposite-sex weddings.

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In its order, the commission said Hensley is violating the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct by “casting doubt on her capacity to act impartially to persons appearing before her as a judge due to the person’s sexual orientation.”

Hensley has 30 days to appeal the sanction.

She and her attorney have both declined to comment on the commission’s warning.

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Information from: Waco Tribune-Herald.