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Should churches, pastors, or judges be sued for not wanting to perform a wedding ceremony?

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Apply any reason why this person chooses not do it.

Should people be able to force them to perform a ceremony?

by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 4:18 PM
Replies (141-150):
Rbrown72707
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 10:13 PM

No!  Why would someone want an unwilling participant in their wedding?  Maybe they should have to force bridesmaids and groomsmen to be part of the wedding party too.  That's just crazy!

talia-mom
by Gold Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Jutices of the Peace & Constables

Justices of the Peace are elected to serve six year terms as the judicial authority of a ward or district, can perform marriage ceremonies have jurisdiction in civil matters when the amount in dispute does not exceed $5,000 and do not have jurisdiction when a title to real estate is involved, when the state or any political subdivision is a defendant, or in successions or probate matters. Constables are elected to serve six year terms and carry out the orders of the Justice of the Peace Court, serve citations ordered by the justice of the peace courts and act as the enforcement officer of evictions and garnishments ordered by the JP court. The Office of the Attorney General maintains an online directory of Justices of the Peace and Constables by name, title, parish and region.

http://louisiana.gov/Government/Judicial_Branch/#judges


Can perform them.   Isn't required to perform them.


Quoting TCgirlatheart:

Source?

Quoting talia-mom:


What if they aren't required to perform them?   That has been my question.   They can do it.   But they aren't required to do it.


Quoting TCgirlatheart:

If they are working those days in a judicial capacity, then yes, they should be performing marriages.



Quoting talia-mom:


You still don't grasp that not every place requires them to perform marriage ceremonies.   And it still doesn't answer questions of should they be forced to do one on a Sunday or Christmas or during the Sugar Bowl or for a couple they think will divorce in 6 months.



Quoting frogbender:

You must have done well on research papers. A civil servant is a servant to the public, not to their own ideals, no matter how worthy. If they refuse to do their job, they don't need to hold the position. It's just like any job, really. If you refuse to do part of your job, you are generally fired. 

She has a worthy cause. However, this is not the way to go about changing anything and if she realized that her job would conflict with her beliefs, she should NEVER have taken the position.



Quoting talia-mom:

Hey, they aren't here and I was going by what I read about Texas when this came up last year.

Judges aren't required to perform; they can perform them is what I read.

So, I am glad you think she should be fired and I hope you have signed a petition to get her fired.




Quoting frogbender:

Oh please stop. You can't even get your shit straight. So judges aren't required to perform marriage ceremonies in Texas huh? Seems to fall right under that giant red print that says: Required By Texas Law.

If a civil servant refuses to do their job according to the law of that state, they do not need to be holding that office. Try not to be so stuck on stupid.




Quoting talia-mom:

well then I am glad you think the judge should lose her job for not performing weddings.

At least you are consistent.














Rbrown72707
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM

They can refuse to marry someone.  At least they can in Virginia.


Quoting tscritch:

 I don't think a judge can legally refuse to marry someone, as long as the marriage is legal in that state and all legal forms/requirements are met.



frogbender
by Captain Underpants on Feb. 5, 2013 at 10:15 PM

http://www.brazoscountytx.gov/index.aspx?nid=241

District Judge Duties
Responsibilities & Services 
Besides overseeing all of the District Court, District Judges have additional duties required by Texas law, such as: 
  • Adopting a county indigent defense plan to provide for adequate representation by counsel
  •  of indigent citizens accused of adult and juvenile crimes
  • Adopting local rules of practice in Brazos County to provide for the effective and
  •  efficient disposition of all cases filed in the county
  • Appointing the Director of the Brazos County Community Supervision Department 
  • and adopting the annual budget for the department
  • Determining probable cause and issuance of search and arrest warrants involving
  •  crimes occurring in Brazos County
  • Performing wedding ceremonies and determining requests to waive the 72-hour 
  • waiting period between issuance of a marriage license and performance of the 
  • wedding ceremony
  • Serving as members of the Brazos County Juvenile Board, which is responsible for
  •  providing juvenile services in the county
  • Serving on the Brazos County Bail Bond Board, which is responsible for licensing of
  •  bondsmen in the county and resolving complaints against them
  • Serving on the Brazos County Community Justice Council, which is responsible for
  •  providing a community justice plan for the county
  • Trying and determining any cases in other counties within the State of Texas when 
  • assigned by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas or the Presiding Judge of Second Administrative Region


County Judge Duties

The County Judge is both the presiding officer of the Commissioners Court and the Judge of the County Court. Many people think of the County Judge as the chief executive official in county government, serving as the principal source of information and assistance. He is also known as a conservator of the peace for the county.

The County Judge is considered by many the highest ranking county official who presents a remarkable combination of judicial and administrative functions. The County Judge's office duties include, but are not limited to:

  • preparing all commissioners court agendas and minutes while ensuring the proper notice and lawful conduct of all commissioners court meetings;
  • presides over probate matters, guardianship matters and small estate proceedings;
  • orders and certifies all elections;
  • serves as the chief budget officer as well as chairman of the juvenile board;
  • approves requests for alcoholic beverage permits;
  • conducts marriage ceremonies;
  • issues delayed birth certificates;
  • and administers over grants and contracts for the county.

Even more interesting.

http://www.co.liberty.tx.us/ips/cms/countyoffices/

Quote:

Sec. 2.205.  DISCRIMINATION IN CONDUCTING MARRIAGE PROHIBITED. (a) A person

authorized to conduct a marriage ceremony by this subchapter is prohibited from 

discriminating on the basis of race, religion, or national origin against an 

applicant who is otherwise competent to be married.

(b)  On a finding by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct that a person has

intentionally violated Subsection (a), the commission may recommend to the 

supreme court that the person be removed from office.

http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/FA/htm/FA.2.htm


All from Texas, where it isn't a job requirement of a judge....

CANON 2
Avoiding Impropriety and the Appearance of Impropriety In All of the Judge's Activities

A.     A judge shall comply with the law and should act at all times in a manner that

promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.

B.     A judge shall not allow any relationship to influence judicial conduct or judgment

A judge shall not lend the prestige of judicial office to advance the private interests of

the judge or others; nor shall a judge convey or permit others to convey the impression

that they are in a special position to influence the judge. A judge shall not testify voluntarily

as a character witness.


CANON 3
Performing the Duties of Judicial Office Impartially and Diligently

A.     Judicial Duties in General.  The judicial duties of a judge take precedence over

all the judge's other activities. Judicial duties include all the duties of the judge's

office prescribed by law.In the performance of these duties, the following standards apply:

B.     Adjudicative Responsibilities.

(2)     A judge should be faithful to the law and shall maintain professional

competence in it. A judge shall not be swayed by partisan interests, public clamor,

or fear of criticism.


(5)     A judge shall perform judicial duties without bias or prejudice. 

(6)     A judge shall not, in the performance of judicial duties, by words or conduct

manifest bias or prejudice, including but not limited to bias or prejudice based upon

race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or socioeconomic

status, and shall not knowingly permit staff, court officials and others subject to the

judge's direction and control to do so.  

(7)     A judge shall require lawyers in proceedings before the court to refrain

from manifesting, by words or conduct, bias or prejudice based on race,

sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or socioeconomic

status against parties, witnesses, counsel or others.This requirement does

not preclude legitimate advocacy when any of these factors is an issue in the proceeding.

http://www.courts.state.tx.us/judethics/canons.asp


Some of these are my favorites. 

talia-mom
by Gold Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 10:16 PM

So that is every state and county?

Harp on Texas all you want because I brought up the judge, but many states don't require judges to perform ceremonies.


Quoting frogbender:


http://www.brazoscountytx.gov/index.aspx?nid=241

District Judge Duties
Responsibilities & Services 
Besides overseeing all of the District Court, District Judges have additional duties required by Texas law, such as: 
  • Adopting a county indigent defense plan to provide for adequate representation by counsel
  •  of indigent citizens accused of adult and juvenile crimes
  • Adopting local rules of practice in Brazos County to provide for the effective and
  •  efficient disposition of all cases filed in the county
  • Appointing the Director of the Brazos County Community Supervision Department 
  • and adopting the annual budget for the department
  • Determining probable cause and issuance of search and arrest warrants involving
  •  crimes occurring in Brazos County
  • Performing wedding ceremonies and determining requests to waive the 72-hour 
  • waiting period between issuance of a marriage license and performance of the 
  • wedding ceremony
  • Serving as members of the Brazos County Juvenile Board, which is responsible for
  •  providing juvenile services in the county
  • Serving on the Brazos County Bail Bond Board, which is responsible for licensing of
  •  bondsmen in the county and resolving complaints against them
  • Serving on the Brazos County Community Justice Council, which is responsible for
  •  providing a community justice plan for the county
  • Trying and determining any cases in other counties within the State of Texas when 
  • assigned by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas or the Presiding Judge of Second Administrative Region



County Judge Duties

The County Judge is both the presiding officer of the Commissioners Court and the Judge of the County Court. Many people think of the County Judge as the chief executive official in county government, serving as the principal source of information and assistance. He is also known as a conservator of the peace for the county.

The County Judge is considered by many the highest ranking county official who presents a remarkable combination of judicial and administrative functions. The County Judge's office duties include, but are not limited to:

  • preparing all commissioners court agendas and minutes while ensuring the proper notice and lawful conduct of all commissioners court meetings;
  • presides over probate matters, guardianship matters and small estate proceedings;
  • orders and certifies all elections;
  • serves as the chief budget officer as well as chairman of the juvenile board;
  • approves requests for alcoholic beverage permits;
  • conducts marriage ceremonies;
  • issues delayed birth certificates;
  • and administers over grants and contracts for the county.

Even more interesting.

http://www.co.liberty.tx.us/ips/cms/countyoffices/


Quote:

Sec. 2.205.  DISCRIMINATION IN CONDUCTING MARRIAGE PROHIBITED. (a) A person

authorized to conduct a marriage ceremony by this subchapter is prohibited from 

discriminating on the basis of race, religion, or national origin against an 

applicant who is otherwise competent to be married.

(b)  On a finding by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct that a person has

intentionally violated Subsection (a), the commission may recommend to the 

supreme court that the person be removed from office.

http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/FA/htm/FA.2.htm


All from Texas, where it isn't a job requirement of a judge....


CANON 2
Avoiding Impropriety and the Appearance of Impropriety In All of the Judge's Activities

A.     A judge shall comply with the law and should act at all times in a manner that

promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.

B.     A judge shall not allow any relationship to influence judicial conduct or judgment

A judge shall not lend the prestige of judicial office to advance the private interests of

the judge or others; nor shall a judge convey or permit others to convey the impression

that they are in a special position to influence the judge. A judge shall not testify voluntarily

as a character witness.


CANON 3
Performing the Duties of Judicial Office Impartially and Diligently

A.     Judicial Duties in General.  The judicial duties of a judge take precedence over

all the judge's other activities. Judicial duties include all the duties of the judge's

office prescribed by law.In the performance of these duties, the following standards apply:

B.     Adjudicative Responsibilities.

(2)     A judge should be faithful to the law and shall maintain professional

competence in it. A judge shall not be swayed by partisan interests, public clamor,

or fear of criticism.


(5)     A judge shall perform judicial duties without bias or prejudice. 

(6)     A judge shall not, in the performance of judicial duties, by words or conduct

manifest bias or prejudice, including but not limited to bias or prejudice based upon

race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or socioeconomic

status, and shall not knowingly permit staff, court officials and others subject to the

judge's direction and control to do so.  

(7)     A judge shall require lawyers in proceedings before the court to refrain

from manifesting, by words or conduct, bias or prejudice based on race,

sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or socioeconomic

status against parties, witnesses, counsel or others.This requirement does

not preclude legitimate advocacy when any of these factors is an issue in the proceeding.

http://www.courts.state.tx.us/judethics/canons.asp


Some of these are my favorites. 



frogbender
by Captain Underpants on Feb. 5, 2013 at 10:18 PM

I have answered the question, a fucking million times. If you're head wasn't so far up your goddamn ass, you would have probably noticed that. Already said they shouldn't be sued. But, by all means, carry on being deliberately obtuse.

If you read and COMPREHEND the part in red, that is your answer. How fucking stupid are you?

Quoting talia-mom:

So you found the lesbian judge in Texas is violating state law.   That doesn't mean it violates state laws everywhere.

But I guess you can't just answer a question as it is given and must insult me for whatever made up reason you have in your brain.


Quoting frogbender:


You seem to be stuck on stupid. What part of "if it is in the job requirement of a judge (or other civil servant) to perform the ceremony, and is legal by state law, then that person cannot discriminate at will" don't you get?

I...fuck, I am done. You're about as dense as they come. No wonder America is going to shit. Comprehension is just getting flushed down the toilet. 

On a leaving note, since logic is not your style:

Crazy Bunny Lady

Quoting talia-mom:

You really seem to focus on 1 or 2 reasons and don't seem to get there are bunches of reasons they may not want to perform a ceremony they aren't required to perform.


Quoting frogbender:


If performing a ceremony is part of your job requirement, you cannot be a biased idiot. If approving marriage licenses is part of your job requirement, you cannot be a biased idiot.

You seem to think that it is just fine and dandy for a civil servant to be allowed to let their beliefs rule how they do their jobs. 

Quoting talia-mom:

Denying a license isn't the same to me as having to perform a ceremony.

But if you think they are, yes, they should be.   And then they can suffer the consequences for it, which, in most places here, wouldn't fire them.


Quoting frogbender:

And again, should the clerk of court be allowed to deny a marriage license to couples who violate their personal beliefs? 













frogbender
by Captain Underpants on Feb. 5, 2013 at 10:19 PM
1 mom liked this

Hey Debbie Dipshit, you were the one who stated that judges weren't required to in Texas. I asked for documentation. You didn't provide. I did. Obviously, you can't even admit to being wrong about that. 


Quoting talia-mom:

So that is every state and county?

Harp on Texas all you want because I brought up the judge, but many states don't require judges to perform ceremonies.


Quoting frogbender:


http://www.brazoscountytx.gov/index.aspx?nid=241

District Judge Duties
Responsibilities & Services 
Besides overseeing all of the District Court, District Judges have additional duties required by Texas law, such as: 
  • Adopting a county indigent defense plan to provide for adequate representation by counsel
  •  of indigent citizens accused of adult and juvenile crimes
  • Adopting local rules of practice in Brazos County to provide for the effective and
  •  efficient disposition of all cases filed in the county
  • Appointing the Director of the Brazos County Community Supervision Department 
  • and adopting the annual budget for the department
  • Determining probable cause and issuance of search and arrest warrants involving
  •  crimes occurring in Brazos County
  • Performing wedding ceremonies and determining requests to waive the 72-hour 
  • waiting period between issuance of a marriage license and performance of the 
  • wedding ceremony
  • Serving as members of the Brazos County Juvenile Board, which is responsible for
  •  providing juvenile services in the county
  • Serving on the Brazos County Bail Bond Board, which is responsible for licensing of
  •  bondsmen in the county and resolving complaints against them
  • Serving on the Brazos County Community Justice Council, which is responsible for
  •  providing a community justice plan for the county
  • Trying and determining any cases in other counties within the State of Texas when 
  • assigned by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas or the Presiding Judge of Second Administrative Region



County Judge Duties

The County Judge is both the presiding officer of the Commissioners Court and the Judge of the County Court. Many people think of the County Judge as the chief executive official in county government, serving as the principal source of information and assistance. He is also known as a conservator of the peace for the county.

The County Judge is considered by many the highest ranking county official who presents a remarkable combination of judicial and administrative functions. The County Judge's office duties include, but are not limited to:

  • preparing all commissioners court agendas and minutes while ensuring the proper notice and lawful conduct of all commissioners court meetings;
  • presides over probate matters, guardianship matters and small estate proceedings;
  • orders and certifies all elections;
  • serves as the chief budget officer as well as chairman of the juvenile board;
  • approves requests for alcoholic beverage permits;
  • conducts marriage ceremonies;
  • issues delayed birth certificates;
  • and administers over grants and contracts for the county.

Even more interesting.

http://www.co.liberty.tx.us/ips/cms/countyoffices/


Quote:

Sec. 2.205.  DISCRIMINATION IN CONDUCTING MARRIAGE PROHIBITED. (a) A person

authorized to conduct a marriage ceremony by this subchapter is prohibited from 

discriminating on the basis of race, religion, or national origin against an 

applicant who is otherwise competent to be married.

(b)  On a finding by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct that a person has

intentionally violated Subsection (a), the commission may recommend to the 

supreme court that the person be removed from office.

http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/FA/htm/FA.2.htm


All from Texas, where it isn't a job requirement of a judge....


CANON 2
Avoiding Impropriety and the Appearance of Impropriety In All of the Judge's Activities

A.     A judge shall comply with the law and should act at all times in a manner that

promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.

B.     A judge shall not allow any relationship to influence judicial conduct or judgment

A judge shall not lend the prestige of judicial office to advance the private interests of

the judge or others; nor shall a judge convey or permit others to convey the impression

that they are in a special position to influence the judge. A judge shall not testify voluntarily

as a character witness.


CANON 3
Performing the Duties of Judicial Office Impartially and Diligently

A.     Judicial Duties in General.  The judicial duties of a judge take precedence over

all the judge's other activities. Judicial duties include all the duties of the judge's

office prescribed by law.In the performance of these duties, the following standards apply:

B.     Adjudicative Responsibilities.

(2)     A judge should be faithful to the law and shall maintain professional

competence in it. A judge shall not be swayed by partisan interests, public clamor,

or fear of criticism.


(5)     A judge shall perform judicial duties without bias or prejudice. 

(6)     A judge shall not, in the performance of judicial duties, by words or conduct

manifest bias or prejudice, including but not limited to bias or prejudice based upon

race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or socioeconomic

status, and shall not knowingly permit staff, court officials and others subject to the

judge's direction and control to do so.  

(7)     A judge shall require lawyers in proceedings before the court to refrain

from manifesting, by words or conduct, bias or prejudice based on race,

sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or socioeconomic

status against parties, witnesses, counsel or others.This requirement does

not preclude legitimate advocacy when any of these factors is an issue in the proceeding.

http://www.courts.state.tx.us/judethics/canons.asp


Some of these are my favorites. 





TCgirlatheart
by TC on Feb. 5, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Thank you.

So, if its not a job requirement, then they shouldn't be able to be sued because they want some time off, a lunch period, or are just too busy.
However, if a person is dumb enough to voice discriminatory reasons, then they leave themselves open to a lawsuit.


Quoting talia-mom:

Jutices of the Peace & Constables


Justices of the Peace
are elected to serve six year terms as the judicial authority of a ward
or district, can perform marriage ceremonies have jurisdiction in civil
matters when the amount in dispute does not exceed $5,000 and do not
have jurisdiction when a title to real estate is involved, when the
state or any political subdivision is a defendant, or in successions or
probate matters. Constables
are elected to serve six year terms and carry out the orders of the
Justice of the Peace Court, serve citations ordered by the justice of
the peace courts and act as the enforcement officer of evictions and
garnishments ordered by the JP court. The Office of the Attorney General
maintains an online directory of Justices of the Peace and Constables by name, title, parish and region.

http://louisiana.gov/Government/Judicial_Branch/#judges


Can perform them.   Isn't required to perform them.



Quoting TCgirlatheart:

Source?



Quoting talia-mom:


What if they aren't required to perform them?   That has been my question.   They can do it.   But they aren't required to do it.



Quoting TCgirlatheart:

If they are working those days in a judicial capacity, then yes, they should be performing marriages.





Quoting talia-mom:


You still don't grasp that not every place requires them to perform marriage ceremonies.   And it still doesn't answer questions of should they be forced to do one on a Sunday or Christmas or during the Sugar Bowl or for a couple they think will divorce in 6 months.




Quoting frogbender:

You must have done well on research papers. A civil servant is a servant to the public, not to their own ideals, no matter how worthy. If they refuse to do their job, they don't need to hold the position. It's just like any job, really. If you refuse to do part of your job, you are generally fired. 

She has a worthy cause. However, this is not the way to go about changing anything and if she realized that her job would conflict with her beliefs, she should NEVER have taken the position.




Quoting talia-mom:

Hey, they aren't here and I was going by what I read about Texas when this came up last year.

Judges aren't required to perform; they can perform them is what I read.

So, I am glad you think she should be fired and I hope you have signed a petition to get her fired.





Quoting frogbender:

Oh please stop. You can't even get your shit straight. So judges aren't required to perform marriage ceremonies in Texas huh? Seems to fall right under that giant red print that says: Required By Texas Law.

If a civil servant refuses to do their job according to the law of that state, they do not need to be holding that office. Try not to be so stuck on stupid.





Quoting talia-mom:

well then I am glad you think the judge should lose her job for not performing weddings.

At least you are consistent.


















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quickbooksworm
by Silver Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 10:21 PM

I think it just all depends on how it works in your area.  For example, I'm a notary.  As such, I don't have to sign or stamp anything I don't want to because it's a service I provide.  However, if I worked for the government and someone came in to get married I should not be able to refuse them.  


Quoting talia-mom:

Even if they aren't required to perform them?


Quoting quickbooksworm:

Churches and pastors, no. Judges and notaries, yes.





talia-mom
by Gold Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

No I didn't say they weren't required in Texas.

I asked if the judge should be sued.

But make this a name calling ugly thing because you aren't capable of listening to a point of view not your own.


Quoting frogbender:

Hey Debbie Dipshit, you were the one who stated that judges weren't required to in Texas. I asked for documentation. You didn't provide. I did. Obviously, you can't even admit to being wrong about that. 


Quoting talia-mom:

So that is every state and county?

Harp on Texas all you want because I brought up the judge, but many states don't require judges to perform ceremonies.


Quoting frogbender:


http://www.brazoscountytx.gov/index.aspx?nid=241

District Judge Duties
Responsibilities & Services 
Besides overseeing all of the District Court, District Judges have additional duties required by Texas law, such as: 
  • Adopting a county indigent defense plan to provide for adequate representation by counsel
  •  of indigent citizens accused of adult and juvenile crimes
  • Adopting local rules of practice in Brazos County to provide for the effective and
  •  efficient disposition of all cases filed in the county
  • Appointing the Director of the Brazos County Community Supervision Department 
  • and adopting the annual budget for the department
  • Determining probable cause and issuance of search and arrest warrants involving
  •  crimes occurring in Brazos County
  • Performing wedding ceremonies and determining requests to waive the 72-hour 
  • waiting period between issuance of a marriage license and performance of the 
  • wedding ceremony
  • Serving as members of the Brazos County Juvenile Board, which is responsible for
  •  providing juvenile services in the county
  • Serving on the Brazos County Bail Bond Board, which is responsible for licensing of
  •  bondsmen in the county and resolving complaints against them
  • Serving on the Brazos County Community Justice Council, which is responsible for
  •  providing a community justice plan for the county
  • Trying and determining any cases in other counties within the State of Texas when 
  • assigned by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas or the Presiding Judge of Second Administrative Region



County Judge Duties

The County Judge is both the presiding officer of the Commissioners Court and the Judge of the County Court. Many people think of the County Judge as the chief executive official in county government, serving as the principal source of information and assistance. He is also known as a conservator of the peace for the county.

The County Judge is considered by many the highest ranking county official who presents a remarkable combination of judicial and administrative functions. The County Judge's office duties include, but are not limited to:

  • preparing all commissioners court agendas and minutes while ensuring the proper notice and lawful conduct of all commissioners court meetings;
  • presides over probate matters, guardianship matters and small estate proceedings;
  • orders and certifies all elections;
  • serves as the chief budget officer as well as chairman of the juvenile board;
  • approves requests for alcoholic beverage permits;
  • conducts marriage ceremonies;
  • issues delayed birth certificates;
  • and administers over grants and contracts for the county.

Even more interesting.

http://www.co.liberty.tx.us/ips/cms/countyoffices/


Quote:

Sec. 2.205.  DISCRIMINATION IN CONDUCTING MARRIAGE PROHIBITED. (a) A person

authorized to conduct a marriage ceremony by this subchapter is prohibited from 

discriminating on the basis of race, religion, or national origin against an 

applicant who is otherwise competent to be married.

(b)  On a finding by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct that a person has

intentionally violated Subsection (a), the commission may recommend to the 

supreme court that the person be removed from office.

http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/FA/htm/FA.2.htm


All from Texas, where it isn't a job requirement of a judge....


CANON 2
Avoiding Impropriety and the Appearance of Impropriety In All of the Judge's Activities

A.     A judge shall comply with the law and should act at all times in a manner that

promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.

B.     A judge shall not allow any relationship to influence judicial conduct or judgment

A judge shall not lend the prestige of judicial office to advance the private interests of

the judge or others; nor shall a judge convey or permit others to convey the impression

that they are in a special position to influence the judge. A judge shall not testify voluntarily

as a character witness.


CANON 3
Performing the Duties of Judicial Office Impartially and Diligently

A.     Judicial Duties in General.  The judicial duties of a judge take precedence over

all the judge's other activities. Judicial duties include all the duties of the judge's

office prescribed by law.In the performance of these duties, the following standards apply:

B.     Adjudicative Responsibilities.

(2)     A judge should be faithful to the law and shall maintain professional

competence in it. A judge shall not be swayed by partisan interests, public clamor,

or fear of criticism.


(5)     A judge shall perform judicial duties without bias or prejudice. 

(6)     A judge shall not, in the performance of judicial duties, by words or conduct

manifest bias or prejudice, including but not limited to bias or prejudice based upon

race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or socioeconomic

status, and shall not knowingly permit staff, court officials and others subject to the

judge's direction and control to do so.  

(7)     A judge shall require lawyers in proceedings before the court to refrain

from manifesting, by words or conduct, bias or prejudice based on race,

sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or socioeconomic

status against parties, witnesses, counsel or others.This requirement does

not preclude legitimate advocacy when any of these factors is an issue in the proceeding.

http://www.courts.state.tx.us/judethics/canons.asp


Some of these are my favorites. 







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