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Waco judge issued public warning after refusing to officiate same-sex weddings

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct found Judge Dianne Hensley refused to officiate same-sex weddings while she continued to officiate for opposite-sex couples.

WACO, Texas — The State Commission on Judicial Conduct issued a public warning against a Waco judge who has refused to officiate weddings for same-sex couples.

The commission reviewed allegations against Judge Dianne Hensley of Precinct 1, Place 1 in Waco Oct. 9.

The commission's findings included Hensley had performed several weddings for opposite-sex couples since Aug. 1, 2016.

Around the same time, Hensley and her staff began sending letters to all same-sex couples asking to be married by the judge that read "I'm sorry, but Judge Hensley has a sincerely held religious belief as a Christian and will not be able to perform any same sex weddings." 

At her appearance before the commission, Hensley said she would recuse herself from a case where someone could doubt her impartiality based on her refusal to perform same-sex weddings.   

The commission determined the judge should be publicly warned for "casting doubt on her capacity to act impartially to persons appearing before her as a judge due to the person's sexual orientation."


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