Judge receives public warning due to refusal to register same-sex marriage
The Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct issued a public warning to Judge Dianne Hensley. As a deeply religious Christian, Hensley deliberately shied away from the judge's extra-judicial activities because of her bias towards LGBT people.
“The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct has determined that the Honorable Judge Dianne Hensley, Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1, Place 1 in Waco, McLennan County, Texas, should be publicly warned for casting doubt on her capacity to act impartially to persons appearing before her as a judge due to the person's sexual orientation in violation of Canon 4A(l) of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct,” the warning says.
Dianne Hensley has never concealed her negative attitude towards people of non-traditional sexual orientation.
“Hensley previously told the commission she would recuse herself from any cases involving LGBT people since it's clear to many she is biased against them,” reports Advocate.
Since 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage, but for overly religious judges there is always a reason not to obey the law. The document also indicated 6 cases, on the basis of which a warning was issued. In one of these, Hensley literally admitted that “will not be able to perform any same sex weddings,” referring to religion.
“Beginning on about August 1, 2016, Judge Hensley and her court staff began giving all same-sex couples wishing to be married by Judge Hensley a document which stated "I'm sorry, but Judge Hensley has a sincerely held religious belief as a Christian, and will not be able to perform any same sex weddings." The document contained a list of local persons who would officiate a same-sex wedding,” reads the fourth paragraph.
Today it is not known whether Judge Dianne Hensley is going to appeal the decision of the commission.