Texas Values Statement on Justice of the Peace Hensely Lawsuit
Austin, Texas – In response to news that Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley has filed a lawsuit against the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct for wrongfully punishing her for not performing same-sex marriages due to her sincerely held religious beliefs, Texas Values issued the following statement:
Mary Elizabeth Castle, Policy Advisor for Texas Values said “It is appalling that a judge is being publicly reprimanded for holding sincerely religious beliefs and serving justice as she sees fit under the law. Texas Values worked hard in the 85th Texas legislative session to ensure that an amendment was passed to protect government officials from being unfairly punished by bureaucratic ideologues; however, there appears to be a need for more work to be done on this issue.”
Texas Values worked to pass a law in 2017 that protected county clerks from placing their name on a marriage license and more work needs to be done.
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