Dianne Hensley, a McLennan County Justice of the Peace, has received a public warning from the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct for refusing to perform same-sex marriages.
The judge said her “Bible-believing” Christian conscience did not allow her to perform same-sex weddings and believes she is entitled to a “religious exemption.” Hensley continues to do weddings for straight couples.
In the order, the commission accuses Hensley of violating the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct by doubting her capacity to act impartially to persons appearing before her as a judge due to the person’s sexual orientation.
Same-sex marriage was legalized in Texas and across the U.S. in 2015. Hensley had been in office a year before the legalization.
The judge has 30 days to appeal the sanction.