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KY Judge Who Refused to Do Job Resigns

KY Judge Who Refused to Do Job Resigns October 27, 2017

A Kentucky judge who refused to handle any adoption cases involving gay couples because, ya know, God hates gays and all, has resigned after being taken before the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission. Good riddance.

Attribution: Benson Kua
Attribution: Benson Kua

In a filing to the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission on Wednesday, Judge W. Mitchell Nance submitted his resignation, which will take effect on Dec. 16.

The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups filed a complaint last May with the commission after Nance recused himself from hearing adoption cases involving same-sex couples because of his religious beliefs.

According to the Kentucky commission documents filed on Wednesday, Nance cannot grant adoptions to same-sex couples because of his belief that “the divinely created order of nature is that each human being has a male parent and a female parent.”

Then resigning is the right thing to do. Not for one second would anyone even think to dispute this if, instead, he refused to do marriages or custody cases involving interracial couples, but there is no legal distinction between the two situations at all. It is as legal for gay couples to get married and adopt children as it is for interracial couples and a judge can’t just decide that they won’t follow the law because they think it’s makes the baby Jesus cry.


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