A Kentucky judge has warranted the attention of LGBTQ groups who want him removed over his refusal to hear adoption cases involving same-sex couples.
Judge Mitchell Nance, who presides over family court in Kentucky’s 43rd Judicial District, issued an order that recused him from hearing these cases on the grounds of “matters of conscience,” explaining that no situation exists where “the best interest of the child [would] be promoted by the adoption by a practicing homosexual.”
Along with the American Civil Liberties Union, several groups have complained about Nance, including LGBT rights advocate Chris Hartman who said that the judge’s “job inability to be impartial is a blight on his office.”
But just as quickly as pro-LGBTQ groups have been in their opposition of Nance, anti-LGBTQ have rushed to his defense.
“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, 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,” The anti-LGBT Family Foundation of Kentucky said. “When adoption agencies abandon the idea that it is in the best interest of a child to grow up with both a mother and a father, people can’t expect judges who do believe that to be forced to bow the knee.”
Nance has also been praised by Mat Staver, who famously represents anti-LGBTQ Kentucky clerk Kim Davis.
“Whether it’s moral or spiritual or otherwise, that judge has the right and certainly I believe should recuse,” Stayer said. “So this judge is certainly in the right position to do what he has done.”
h/t: Pink News