DALLAS - Justice of the Peace Bill Metzger is refusing LGBT Mesquite residents their constitutional right to marriage [February 4, 2016]. When Metzger took office, he swore to "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States," as well as Texas.
His decision is based on Attorney General Ken Paxton’s non-binding opinion that Texas elected officials do not have to issue same-sex marriage licenses [June 28, 2015]. Perhaps Paxton and Metzger fail to realize that their personal opinions do not override the U.S. Supreme Court.
Metzger appears to argue that his personal rights somehow trumps the rights of all Americans. He does not seem to recognize the separation of church and state that is essential for democracy. He certainly has the right to his opinion, but he cannot hold office and continue to break the law. He must resign.
Dallas County Chair Carol Donovan issued the following statement:
"The Dallas County Democratic Party cannot support any official who is willing to break the law and violate the rights of the citizens she or he was elected to serve. By refusing to officiate same-sex marriages, Judge Bill Metzger is not only violating federal law, as interpreted by the United States Supreme Court, but he is also violating his Oath of Office. Therefore, he must resign.”