Campaign of liberal intolerance against Judge, Christian business, says family group

May 16, 2017
Contact: Martin Cothran
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LEXINGTON, KY—”What is this? Intolerance Tuesday?” said Martin Cothran, a spokesman for The Family Foundation. This was in response to today’s actions taken by groups against a Christian business and a conservative judge as part of what Cothran called a “campaign of liberal intolerance.”

One action taken by several groups, including the ACLU of Kentucky and the Kentucky Fairness Campaign, called on the state’s Judicial Ethics Commission to remove Judge Mitchell Nance from office for recusing himself from cases which would put him in the position of placing children in homes with same-sex parents.

“We can’t imagine the Judicial Ethics Commission ruling against Judge Nance for doing what the law requires him to do—recuse himself if he believes his views might bias a case,” said Martin Cothran, spokesman for the group. “And we can’t imagine how the groups now trying to unseat him claim to be in favor of tolerance and diversity while at the same time trying to hound from office public officials who don’t agree with their politically correct ideology.”

Cothran pointed out that Nance was doing what he felt the law required him to do in such cases. “If the Judicial Ethics Commission rules against Nance, it will be the second time in recent months which it has ruled against a judge for doing what the law requires judges to do.” Cothran was referring to the recent ruling against Fayette Family Court Judge Tim Philpot who was admonished by the Commission for requiring divorcing couples to undergo additional steps in the divorce process which state law says judges should require.

In the second action, the Lexington Human Rights Commission is appealing the State Appellate Court decision in favor of Hands On Originals, a Christian-owned t-shirt company. Both lower courts upheld the owner’s right to refuse printing a gay pride message on the basis of conscience and free-speech rights.

“We wonder how many public resources the Commission is spending trying to bully this business owner into submission to the Commission’s anti-traditional family views,” said Cothran.


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