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Wyoming judge censured for same-sex marriage refusal

March 09, 2017

In a 3-2 decision, the Wyoming Supreme Court has censured a judge who declined to officiate at same-sex civil marriages because of her faith.

Judge Ruth Neely, a member of the Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod), was willing to refer same-sex couples to other judges for civil marriage.

“We find that Judge Neely’s misconduct warrants a public censure,” the court ruled. “We further find that Judge Neely must perform her judicial functions, including performing marriages, with impartiality. She must either commit to performing marriages regardless of the couple’s sexual orientation, or cease performing all marriage ceremonies.”


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  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Mar. 10, 2017 4:20 PM ET USA

    I wonder if Pope Francis would tell her she needed to learn about discernment.

  • Posted by: rpp - Mar. 10, 2017 10:00 AM ET USA

    Forcing Christians out of the public sphere. If Judge Neely was a Muslim, there would have been no censure, I presume.

  • Posted by: brenda22890 - Mar. 10, 2017 5:37 AM ET USA

    Good for Judge Neely. I hope she doesn't cave in to pressure.