Despite the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage recently—and finally granting marriage equality for all—there are still some hardcore detractors out there who refuse to abide by the ruling. In some cases, clerks and judges are even refusing to issue marriage licenses or to marry same-sex couples.
Judge James R. DePiazza of Texas isn’t one of them, but he is doing something rather unprecedented.
DePiazza has decided to allow same-sex couples to marry, but first asks them to sign an agreement acknowledging his own views on the matter. Here’s a brief excerpt:
“Judge DePiazza prefers to NOT conduct same-sex ceremonies, but will not decline anyone who chooses to schedule with him.”
Additionally, the agreement asks that couples not mention same-sex weddings to him “before, during or after the ceremony.” If they do, then the service will cease and the couple will receive a refund.
And pictures of the ceremony can only be taken once DePiazza leaves the courtroom.
I’m sorry, but this is indicative of the hypocrisy that exists in politics, religion and almost every aspect of American society. DePiazza wants people to acknowledge his views? How about acknowledging theirs?
Oh wait. I forgot that homosexuals are inferior to the rest of us. Only heterosexuals were truly created in God’s image. Curse everyone else.
What a crock…
I just saw this video and had no choice but to share it, since it is absolutely adorable. It shows a young boy’s first encounter with a gay couple—in this case two men—and his awesome reaction. And if more kids behave like this little man, maybe there is some hope for the future.
No! Not Chick-fil-A, too!
That’s his right, of course. And we’re all entitled to our own opinions.
What bothers me more is that the WinShape Foundation, described as the organization’s “charitable arm”, donates millions of dollars to anti-gay groups.
Do they also mind if gays eat in their restaurants?
Somehow, I doubt it. Guess I’ll have to go to Zaxby’s from now on, huh?
I’m not decrying Mormonism, mind you, but it is refreshing to see people take a stand against a belief system that stifles them, demands blind obedience or runs contrary to their views and opinions.
To me, the most disturbing thing about their decision is the fear they all seem to share. For many, leaving the church also means severing business ties and losing important connections. Some chose to stay simply so they wouldn’t lose their jobs!
I commend these folks for having the courage to stand up against this system of religious indoctrination. And I wish them luck in finding a new path to follow.
Is it me or do others feel that people should be allowed to marry regardless of their sexual orientation?
Since when did love between anyone become a bad thing?
I’m sorry, but life is too short to deny people the same rights we offer heterosexual people. Should freedom come only to some and not to others?
If we are ever going to evolve as a species, then we need to examine and change the way we treat people who seem different from the majority of us. Only then will we truly be free.