Judge refuses marriage ceremonies until same-sex marriage is legal

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Posted on February 23, 2012 at 9:02 PM

DALLAS - A Dallas County judge takes a stand for same-sex marriage.

Judge Tonya Parker is a lesbian, and she says she won't conduct marriage ceremonies until they can legally be performed for her.

Parker said she does not send away couples without an explanation.

"I use it as my opportunity to give them a lesson about marriage inequality in this state, because I feel like I have to tell them why I'm turning them away," she said.

Parker says she believes people have the right to marry, and that she sends couples to other judges who will perform the ceremony.

But she believes it is not right to apply a law to one group of people and not others.

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