A Toledo judge who cited his religious faith in declining to perform same-sex marriages has agreed to follow an advisory body’s decision that he—and all judges in Ohio—must do so to remain impartial.
“I will abide by that opinion. In other words, I will perform same-sex marriages if requested,” Judge C. Allen McConnell told an NBC affiliate in Toledo on Monday.
As The Daily Signal reported last month, McConnell had said his religious beliefs prevented him from officiating at the civil marriage of two women in Toledo Municipal Court. After a delay of about 45 minutes, they were married by another judge.