Ohio judge wants court to say if he can refuse gay weddings

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Judge C. Allen McConnell

Judge C. Allen McConnell

TOLEDO, Ohio -— A city judge in Toledo who refused to marry a same-sex couple says he will ask the Ohio Supreme Court whether he can opt out of performing all weddings.

The judge says he didn’t marry the couple earlier this week because of his personal and religious beliefs. Another judge was brought in to perform the wedding the same day.

Toledo Municipal Court Judge C. Allen McConnell said in a statement on Wednesday that he’ll continue to perform weddings between men and women while he waits to hear if he can skip out on the court’s judicial rotation for marriages.

McConnell was on duty to perform marriages Monday when he refused to perform the same-sex wedding.

Carolyn Wilson told The Blade newspaper that it put a damper on her special day.

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