A Texas judge has been issued a public warning over her continued refusal to perform same-sex marriages, Fox News reports.
McLennan County Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley has refused to perform same-sex weddings, stating that her “Bible-believing” Christian conscience would not allow her to perform the weddings.
Hensley has also stated that she believes she is entitled to a “religious exemption” due to her views.
The order, which was made public Monday, said Hensley was violating Texas Code of Judicial Conduct which states, “A judge shall conduct all of the judge’s extra-judicial activities so that they do not cast reasonable doubt on the judge’s capacity to act impartially as a judge.”
A public warning in Texas is the second-highest of six disciplinary measures used by the commission. Hensley has been in office since 2014.
The State Commission on Judicial Conduct can take wide-ranging actions against judges based on the severity of the complaints, including suspending them from office, requiring additional legal education for judges or issuing private private or public sanctions against the judge.
The commission most frequently uses, by order of severity, admonitions, warnings and reprimands, with those that are made public considered more serious, according to the commission.