A Lesbian Commitment Ceremony? Texas Judge Says ‘Denied!’


A Texas judge has stirred controversy by denying a lesbian couple permission to have a commitment ceremony in a public space because he “didn’t think it was in the best interest” of the area.

Reports KDAF News:

In June, the county received an application to rent out a part of Fort Belknap. The application said it was for a wedding.

“There’s been weddings out there, heterosexual weddings,” said Young County Judge John Bullock.

The application was from a lesbian couple. Because Texas does not recognize marriage between same-sex couples, the ‘wedding’ would not have been considered a legal marriage. Even so, once Bullock found out the application was from two women, he denied the request.

“I didn’t think it was in the best interest of the fort or of Young County,” said Bullock.

The judge denied the request on grounds that the couple had called their service a “wedding” even though the rest of the permission request made it clear that it was in fact a commitment ceremony between same-sex partners. Same-sex marriage is of course banned in Texas.

The judge, rejecting the petition on that basis, claimed he was attempting to ward of controversy.

However, local commissioners, in a 4-1 vote, have now overturned that decision so as to let the unnamed same-sex couple have the ceremony, with commissioner Stacey Rogers quoted as saying, “Even though it may say wedding, this is just a ceremonial process. It’s nothing legally binding. It’s just like a group of family or friends going out there, and you’re denying access to public property.”

Judge Bullock, seemingly not one to be thwarted easily, decided to introduce in a follow-up meeting two motions for a vote, one to give him the power to restrict the use of county-owned property based on “legal, ethical, or practical” concerns or because of concerns that the request conflicts with the American Constitution or the Constitution of “the great State of Texas,” and another policy change to require that Fort Belknap, where the couple wanted to hold their service, be reserved only for ”ceremonies involving weddings, marriages, or any other nuptial activity.”

The measures were rejected at a meeting on Monday night on grounds that they were unduly vague and were lawsuits waiting to happen.

The couple, in the meantime, chose to hold their commitment ceremony elsewhere.

KDAF has a full video report here.


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Beth M.
Beth M5 years ago

Vote out Judge John Bullock.

Christopher B.
Christopher B.5 years ago

Michelle and Elaine, since you both seem to prefer theocracy in the sense that you believe it is okay for our elected officials to legislate and institute religious belief as law, then I have a good suggestion for the both of you: you can both pack your bags, renounce your citizenship, and in doing so admit that you never really cared for the law to begin with, and get out.

Heather G.
Heather G5 years ago

Michelle H, what makes you think anyone wants to see your disgusting wedding photo? But you have no problem pushing your perverted sex life down our throats, and in public too. Are you actually leaning against that man??? Ewwww, keep your nasty sex life to yourself, pervert.

nicola w.
Jane H5 years ago

I am not a fan of marriage but it is a tradition between men and women- created to protect children - I am in favour of legal rights between ANY two people being equal , but I do wish we could come up with something better for gay,lesbian, transgender couples..
AS a chosen childless defacto partner I did NOT like my property rights being equated with married folk-I had worked so hard for my house while my ex was cruising.
We need another option - one size does not fit all.

Pamylle G.
Pamylle G5 years ago

Bigotry - the only thing the good ole' Texas Boys (and our very own spokesperson/model trollette) is willing to feed....

Brenda Trahan
brenda t5 years ago

Elaine A. once again spewing hatred in the name of God. You should be ashamed to call yourself a person of God. He did not encourage hatred or intolerance. He encouraged love. You are the worst of the worst bigot of humanity. Your rightousnous (sp) is appalling. He did not die for us for you to take his place. You are not the judge of people.

Winn Adams
Winnie A5 years ago

Stupid judge!!!!!!!!!

Marie M.
Marie M5 years ago

Vasu M. I enjoyed your post but I'm concerned that most people reading it will not realize we (they) are gentiles! As Pogo said, 'We have met the enemy ... and he is us.'

And as Jimmy Buffet said, 'We are the people our parents warned us about.'
"Mea culpa mea culpa mea maxima culpa
Mea culpa mea culpa mea maxima culpa

Wheres the church, who took the steeple
Religion is in the hands of some crazy-ass people"

And now to prepare to respond to a bunch of them...............................

Mercedes Lackey
Mercedes Lackey5 years ago

I vote to declare Elaine A a soulless spam-bot. All in favor?

John B.
John B5 years ago

Young County Judge John Bullock is just another bit of rotten produce from the garden at the Rpeblican funny farm. Just like Elaine A. and Michelle H. Thanks for the article Steve.