Here We Go Again? Judges In Chillicothe, OH, Refuse To Marry Anyone

Two municipal court judges in the town of Chillicothe, Ohio, are saying no to marrying couples, and a local group is hoping to change that, according to

Judge John Street and Judge Toni Eddy say they made the decision back in April.  However, court records show the last time they led a ceremony was on June 23, 2015.  The Chillicothe Gazette states that the verbal policy, created in April, went into effect July 1st and put a halt to the judges performing marriages.

The Supreme court ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges (the gay marriage ruling) happened on June 26th, 2015.

“It seems 23rd of June is close enough to the Supreme Court ruling of June 26th.  It seems like DC court ruling is causing this kind of behavior,” said Reverend Terry Williams, who is a member of Chillicothe Citizens for Judicial Integrity.

Williams says he and five other group members sent a letter to both judges Tuesday morning. The letter demands the judges marry all couples or step down. So far about 61 signatures are on the letter, and Williams says he’s hoping for more, according to

“Resign so we can elect judges who will execute faithfully all their future under the law without bias or prejudice,” said Reverend Williams.

Municipal court clerk Lisa Large says the judges made a verbal decision to stop marrying couples, according to

Reverend Williams says it’s one of the reasons why his group is taking action, because there is no written policy about the decision.


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