Ohio judge: Should he be forced to perform same-sex weddings?

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Should a judge in Ohio be forced to preside over a same-sex marriage ceremony? Or should he be exempted from the duty for religious or personal reasons?

A  judge is seeking clarification on the issue from the Ohio Supreme Court, the Associated Press is reporting.

“Toledo Municipal Court Judge C. Allen McConnell said he didn’t marry (a same-sex) couple earlier this week because of his personal and religious beliefs. Another judge was brought in to perform the wedding the same day.”

The couple still got married, even if their wedding was delayed a bit while another judge was found to perform the ceremony.

I’m a bit torn on this issue. Religious leaders are allowed to refuse to perform same-sex weddings. Nobody seems to have a problem with that.

So why shouldn’t this judge be allowed to as well — as long as other judges are available to do the job?

Of course, if he is allowed to skip out on this part of his duties, might he be setting a precedent that would be cited by other civil servants — such as clerks who issue marriage licences?

Where do Americans draw the line on who has to do the work involved with same-sex weddings and who doesn’t?

What do you think? (I’m not sure how this issue has been resolved in Canada, but I’ll look into it — not that it makes any difference to people in the United States.)

— Jillian Page


“Let harmlessness be the keynote of your life.” — Alice Bailey


3 thoughts on “Ohio judge: Should he be forced to perform same-sex weddings?”

  1. He should, he’s there to serve all the citizens regardless of their religious affiliation and the wedding will have place in the context of civil law…if he doesn’t like it or disagree with same-sex civil marriages then he should step down, he’s not fit for the job.


  2. What our religious Taliban doesn’t get is that we are a secular society. We respect no religion and we tolerate all religions. When you take a government job, whether it’s a court clerk or a judge, you promise to obey the Constitution. Not the Bible or Torah or Koran. If the employee won’t do his job, then “you’re fired”.


  3. If someone being paid from the public purse, is not there to do the job, he should be excused from the job. A municipal marriage clerk in Cambridge Ontario tried to pull this. She was told essentially that, it’s not a part-time job. Not only was she not doing it, she was causing loss of time and city finances to cover for her. She was replaced by someone who was willing to do it all – no judgements, just service. 🙂


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