Judge Tonya Parker, Dallas County's first openly gay judge, has vowed to not marry straight couples until gay couples are given the same right, gay weekly the Dallas Voice reported.

Parker made her comments at Tuesday's monthly meeting of Stonewall Democrats of Dallas.

Parker told attendees that she refers couples who wish to marry to other judges.

“I use it as my opportunity to give them a lesson about marriage inequality in this state because I feel like I have to tell them why I'm turning them away,” Parker said. “So I usually will offer them something along the lines of 'I'm sorry. I don't perform marriage ceremonies because we are in a state that does not have marriage equality, and until it does, I am not going to partially apply the law to one group of people that doesn't apply to another group of people.' And it's kind of oxymoronic for me to perform ceremonies that can't be performed for me, so I'm not going to do it.”

Parker added that prosecutors in her courtroom are not allowed to use the terms “child molester” and “homosexual” interchangeably, arguing that the term “heterosexual” would not be used in place of “child molester” in cases involving a heterosexual person accused of molesting a child. (Video of Parker's speech is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)