Board: Judges Can’t Use Freedom of Religion to Avoid Performing Same-Sex Marriages

Citing the judicial oath of office to “support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Ohio,” the opinion states, “A judge who is willing to perform marriages of only opposite-sex couples because of his or her personal, moral, or religious beliefs may be viewed as possessing a bias or prejudice against a specific class or group of people based on sexual orientation.”

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Counsel Calls Texas City’s LGBT Ordinance ‘Flagrantly Anti-Freedom’

Plano was not exactly living in the Dark Ages before December 8, 2014 when the City Council passed a contentious “Equal Rights Policy” ordinance that prohibited “discrimination in places of public accommodation, employment practices, housing transactions and city contracting practices.” It only passed by a vote of 5-to-4. Critics claim it infringes on First Amendment rights. Legal experts say it would stymie free speech.

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