Judge Tabor is admitting that he is not impartial

OlympiaOctober 21, 2013 

It’s nice to see the state is on it’s toes policing the likes of Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor (“State admonishes judge over wedding remarks,” The Olympian, Oct. 5).

Tabor was sanctioned by the Washington Judicial Conduct Commission for refusing to perform same-sex marriages, even as he performed opposite-sex marriages. The commission ruled it is illegal to discriminate in Washington based on sexual orientation and that he is bound not to “discriminate or appear to discriminate against a statutorily protected class of people, thereby undermining public confidence in his impartiality.”

In order to comply with the commission’s sanction, Tabor has decided not to perform any marriages whatsoever. By this action he is in essence admitting he is not impartial.

Heaven help litigants appearing in his court whose values do not match his.

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