Wyoming Judge Censured for Refusing to Perform Gay Weddings

Ruth Neely, who has served her community in Wyoming for over twenty years as a municipal judge and circuit court magistrate, has been the victim of a vicious crusade by the Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics. After refusing to perform gay weddings because of her Christian beliefs, the state agency demanded last spring that she not only be banned from the judiciary, but also that she pay up to $40,000 in fines for publicly expressing her religious objection. It is important to note that there was at least one other magistrate who performs same-sex weddings, so gay couples

Wyoming Judge Faces Punishment for Crime of Being Christian

Municipal Judge and Circuit Court Magistrate Ruth Neely has served the small town of Pinedale, Wyo., for more than twenty years. She is well-recognized and respected within her community, garnering praise from local mayors, citizens, and attorneys for her fairness and impartiality. Nevertheless, the Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics, which agrees that Judge Neely has “served the community well,” has launched a crusade against her (as capably summarized in this article from Rod Dreher). The state agency is demanding that she be banned from the judiciary and pay up to $40,000 in fines for the crime of publicly expressing her