Judge faces protests after self-recusal from gay adoptions

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GLASGOW, Ky. (AP) – Protesters have called for a Kentucky judge to resign after he recused himself from adoption cases involving one or more gay parents.

News outlets report that an April 27 order by Barren-Metcalfe Family Court Judge Mitchell Nance says he believes there are no circumstances in which gay adoption would be in children’s best interests. The Fairness Campaign of Kentucky organized a group of 15 protesters outside the county courthouse Wednesday.

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Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman says Nance shouldn’t be on the bench if he cannot put aside personal biases, especially since the law doesn’t prohibit the adoptions. He says the American Civil Liberties Union is exploring further action.

Nance’s decision must be approved by the Kentucky Supreme Court. A case manager, Julie Jolly, said the judge would have no comment.

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4-28-17 4:06 p.m.

Kentucky judge won’t hear adoption cases if adults are gay

A Kentucky family court judge says he won’t hear anymore adoption cases that involve gay adults.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/2qf75SC) reports Judge Mitchell Nance issued an order Thursday saying he believes that “under no circumstance” would “the best interest of the child be promoted by the adoption by a practicing homosexual.”

Nance cited an ethical rule that says judges must disqualify themselves when they have a personal bias or prejudice.

The newspaper couldn’t reach Nance for comment because he was on the bench. In his order, he said lawyers representing gay people in adoptions in Barren and Metcalfe counties would have to request a special judge.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

 

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