Target: Pike County Probate Judge Wes Allen
Goal: Remove judge who has stopped fulfilling his duties in political protest against same-sex marriage.
No one is Pike County, Alabama can get a marriage license after Probate Judge Wes Allen stopped issuing them to make a political statement against same-sex marriage. A public servant’s private religious and political beliefs should not interfere with the performing of their duties. Demand that Allen resign from his position as Pike County’s probate judge.
After a federal judge ruled in early February that Alabama could no longer discriminate against same-sex couples who wanted marriage licenses, Pike County Probate Judge Wes Allen decided to take matters into his own hands. Describing the development as the latest in an ongoing “spiritual battle” that he has “recognized from the very beginning,” Allen ceased issuing all marriage licenses to any couple, same-sex or not, in Pike County.
According to Allen, his Christian faith is what motivated the move. While Allen is free to practice whatever religion he wants and hold whatever private opinions he wants, these beliefs cannot be used as grounds to abandon his duties as an elected public servant. This is especially true when his duties reflect federal law passed down to him from courts of higher authority than his.
If Allen cannot separate his political activism from this job as a probate judge, he should no longer hold the position at all. Sign the petition below to demand that Allen resign from his position as the probate judge of Pike County.
Dear Judge Allen,
I am writing you today regarding your decision to stop issuing marriage licenses in Pike County following the mandate from federal courts that Alabama could no longer deny them to same-sex couples. This kind of public activism should disqualify you from your office.
You have every right to think that same-sex marriage is wrong and should not be allowed. You also have every right to frame those beliefs in accordance with your faith. What you do not have the right to do, however, is to use your elected public office as a pulpit for advocating those beliefs in the way you have done.
You were elected as probate judge to fulfill a public service, a component of which is to issue marriage licenses—to not fulfill this duty on the basis of personal religious beliefs is to forfeit your right to hold the probate judge position. Not only that, but you are willfully not complying with federal law.
You have the right as an American to engage in political activism—if you cannot separate your public life from your private life in order to exercise that right, though, you should no longer hold public office. I demand that you resign from your post as Pike County Probate Judge.
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