Judge quits mar­ry­ing cou­ples in protest of Supreme Court de­ci­sion

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A mag­is­trate judge in cen­tral Ge­or­gia says he would rather not per­form any wed­dings at all than be re­quired to per­form wed­dings for same-sex cou­ples, so he’s out of the mar­riage busi­ness.

Ac­cord­ing to 13WMAZ, Dodge County Mag­is­trate Judge Lon­nie T. Park­er­son made the an­nounce­ment dur­ing a wed­ding for an op­po­site-sex cou­ple, say­ing he was moved to do so af­ter two women came in to get mar­ried.

“I want y’ a ’ll to know you’re the last wed­ding that I’m ever gonna do,” Park­er­son says in a video sent to the sta­tion. “They were al­ready sched­uled so I’ll do them too. I just can’t do it the other way, y’all, it ain’t right. The Bi­ble ex­plains it just like that [snaps)] what mar­riage is. That is a mar­riage right there [points to cou­ple get­ting mar­ried]. What came in my of­fice the other day was two ladies, it’s not a mar­riage.”

Park­er­son, who is a banker by pro­fes­sion and in his third term as mag­is­trate, con­firmed his de­ci­sion to 13WMAZ in a state­ment, say­ing in part, “I’ve been ap­proached about a wed­ding I per­formed yesterday and about two weeks ago I had some peo­ple come in the of­fice and asked me to do a wed­ding and I’m not do­ing wed­dings any more since the Supreme Court passed the law that they did.”

Dodge County Mag­is­trate Judge Lon­nie T. Park­er­son says he will no longer per­form mar­riages of any kind be­cause of the U.S. Supreme Court strik­ing down same-sex mar­riage bans. (Screen­shot via 13WMAZ)

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