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Judge Bullied for Not Performing Same-sex Weddings on Basis of Religious Beliefs

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Judge Gary Tabor. (Image credit: The Olympian)

In today’s ever increasing intolerance for Christians, “the law” is often held up as a reason for why Christians (or anyone) cannot practice their beliefs. A prime example is Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor who was admonished for stating he did not wish to perform same-sex weddings for “philosophical and religious reasons.”

The Washington Judicial Conduct Commission, however, announced disciplinary actions on the judge stating that “state law does not allow discrimination based on sexual orientation.” What the Judicial Conduct Commission failed to mention was that the law, as they have presented it, is completely unconstitutional:

SECTION 11 RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. Absolute freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment, belief and worship, shall be guaranteed to every individual, and no one shall be molested or disturbed in person or property on account of religion . . .

Emphasis added.

The Olympian adds:

The court’s board of judges also put out a statement saying that “Judge Tabor has accepted the Judicial Conduct Commission decision. It provides guidance to all judges in Washington state. No same-sex couples will be denied the right to be married in Thurston County.”

Tabor told The Olympian early this year he did not wish to perform same-sex weddings for “philosophical and religious reasons.”

The disciplinary action comes 11 months after Washington voters approved a referendum that affirmed the Legislature’s action to bestow marriage rights to same-sex couples. The law took effect in early December.

Tabor, a judge since he was first elected to the bench in 1996, told colleagues in a court administration meeting shortly after the election that he did not want to perform weddings for same-sex couples.