Texas Supreme Court Sides with Religious Freedom

Texas Supreme Court Sides with Religious Freedom

The court upholds religious freedom.

In an eight to one decision, the Supreme Court of Texas ruled last Friday in favor of a justice of the peace in Waco who was reprimanded for not performing same-sex weddings. The court reinstated her lawsuit against the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. The commission had previously issued a public warning for the justice of the peace’s refusal to officiate same-sex weddings, citing a violation of judicial impartiality based on sexual orientation.

As the First Liberty lawyer who is handling this case noted, this is a victory for religious freedom—and it will reverberate beyond Texas legally and I hope culturally. Justices of the peace and even judges here in our state and elsewhere should be able to invoke their religious freedom without imperiling their judicial jobs.

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