Texas Judge Serves Up Insults to Gay Couples Looking to Marry


EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday July 13, 2015

A Texas judge has found an ingenious solution to deter gay and lesbian couples from wanting to get married in his courtroom - insult them with paperwork that makes it clear that he's only doing this because it's now the law.

Judge James R. DePiazza of Denton County north of Dallas has altered the marriage agreement required for all couples seeking to have him officiate their ceremony.

As noted by local ABC affiliate WFAA , prior to the United States Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage last month, the form required by both parties in the wedding, used to congratulate the couple before spelling out guidelines about fees, punctuality and marriage license requirements.

The new form published on Denton County's website immediately does away with the congratulations and goes right into Judge DePiazza's opinions and how he will make the ceremony as brief and impersonal as possible.

"Judge DePiazza prefers to NOT conduct same-sex ceremonies," the form now reads. "But will not decline anyone who chooses to schedule with him."

How romantic.

While Judge DePiazza is grudgingly performing wedding ceremonies, he's also made it clear that outside of his signature on the wedding license, he wants as little documentation of his participation in the event as possible.

"There will also be no photography or video recording allowed during the declaration," the form reads. "You may use the courtroom afterwards to take pictures if you wish." The photos presumably will not include DePiazza in the frame.

Finally, the happy couple is required to sign the form acknowledging that they are aware that Judge DePiazza would rather not be part of their happy day.

"While we may not necessarily agree with, we acknowledge Judge DePiazza's position that he prefers to not conduct same-sex marriages and agree to not address the topic of same-sex marriages with Judge DePiazza before, during or after the ceremony," the form reads.

WFAA notes that while Judge DePiazza has performed over 2,000 marriages in the past, he has yet to perform any ceremonies since the Supreme Court decision because he has been on vacation.