PRESS RELEASE: Family group supports judge’s right of conscience

April 28, 2017
Contact: Martin Cothran
Phone: (859)329-1919
LEXINGTON, KY—The Family Foundation said today that it fully supported the decision of a Metcalfe and Barren County judge to recuse himself from cases which would require him to place an adoptive child in the home of practicing homosexuals. 
Judge Mitchell Nance holds the view that it is never in the best interest of a child to place him or her in the home of practicing homosexuals. He issued an order recusing himself on the grounds that his view could be construed as a “personal bias or prejudice,” which judges are prohibited from exercising under the law.
“If we are going to let liberal judges write their personal biases and prejudices into law, as we have done on issues of marriage and sexuality,” said Martin Cothran, spokesman for the group, “then, in the interest of fairness, we are going to have to allow judges with different views to at least recuse themselves from such cases.”
“When adoption agencies abandon the idea that it is in the best interest of a child to grow up with both a mother and father, people can’t expect judges who do believe that to be forced to bow the knee,” said Cothran. “Judges have a right of conscience like everyone else.”
Cothran said that he was unaware of any state law that would even require a judge to place a child in a home with same-sex parents. “The General Assembly has never passed such a law, so we wonder why judges are being held to this standard in the first place.”
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