Lubbock Judge Stops Performing Marriages After Supreme Court Ruling
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
Judge Jim Hansen, Lubbock Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, has decided to quit performing marriages altogether after the Supreme Court decided to legalize same-sex marriage three days ago.
In an open letter, Judge Hansen writes that he has no anger, fear, or hatred toward any person or party, he is simply guaranteed his religious rights under the United States Constitution.
But one same-sex couple in Lubbock was outraged by the announcement. Eddie Sanchez and Chris Covarrubio have lived together for about 13 years, and they are no strangers to adversity.
When Covarrubio heard about Lubbock County Judge Jim Hansen’s decision not to perform anymore marriages because of the Supreme Court’s decision, he was extremely disappointed.
“If you’re a state employee then you should be required to officiate under the letter of the law, and this is the law, whether he likes it or not,” he said, “so abide by it or step aside and let somebody else who will honor the law.”