Judge quits marrying couples in protest of Supreme Court decision
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)