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Wyoming Judge Asks Supreme Court For Permission To Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples

A Wyoming judge has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether she has the right to refuse to marry same-sex couples due to her religious beliefs.

Represented by the Religious Right legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, Judge Ruth Neely this month filed a petition asking the high court to review her case after the Wyoming Supreme Court publicly censured her earlier this year.

Wyo. Judge May Lose Job Over Same-Sex Marriage Refusal

A Wyoming judge who says she won’t perform same-sex marriage ceremonies because of her religious beliefs is on the verge of losing her job after the state’s supreme court recommended she be dismissed. 

The recommendation came after Judge Ruth Neely of Pinedale told the Pinedale Roundup that her religious beliefs could conflict with her job duties. In a letter to the state’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, she compared homosexuality to alcoholism.

“I can no more officiate at a same-sex wedding than I can buy beer for the alcoholic,” Neely wrote.