KENTUCKY: Judge Resigns After Ethics Complaint For Refusing To Hear Adoptions By Same-Sex Couples

Via press release from Lambda Legal:

Yesterday Kentucky Family Court Judge W. Mitchell Nance notified Governor Matthew G. Bevin and the Commonwealth of Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission of his resignation.

In May, Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Kentucky, Kentucky’s Fairness Campaign, and University of Louisville Law Professor Sam Marcosson filed a complaint against Judge Nance for violating Kentucky’s Code of Judicial Conduct by recusing himself from any adoption proceedings involving lesbian, gay, and bisexual people.

“Judge Nance must have seen the writing on the wall,” said Chris Hartman, Director of the Fairness Campaign. “He had proven he could not deliver the basic impartiality required by his office when it came to LGBTQ people and their families. Judge Nance’s only possible pathways forward at that point were resignation or removal from office–either is a victory for social justice and LGBTQ civil rights.”

“All citizens of Kentucky have the right to fair treatment before the judiciary,” said Currey Cook, Counsel and Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project Director at Lambda Legal. “LGBTQ people who seek to provide adoptive homes for children who need them, and all other LGBTQ Kentuckians, now have clarity that anti-LGBT bias from the bench will not be tolerated in their state.”

  • Stand by for the FRC to claim that LGBTQ people are forcing folks out of jobs.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Ideological litmus test for teh bench!! WAAAAAAHH!!!!

      • Gustav2

        Christian judges are being persecuted for their deeply held beliefs guaranteed by the Constitution! It is a War on Christian Judges™

      • Dagoril

        Judges treating people equally under the law is *such* a radical idea. How on earth can anyone expect such a thing!

  • Tawreos

    1 down, how many hundreds more to go?

    • Gustav2

      We will have to wait to count how many until after this administration’s nomination time is over.

  • Rex

    Good. If you don’t want to do the job you should resign.

    • No, it’s like when I tell my boss that even though I’m a sysadmin, I can’t do shell scripting anymore because I recuse myself from it. :p

  • MikeBx2

    He’ll probably run for Senate.

    • Frostbite

      Why stop there? Just go for President.

  • Andrea King

    Wonder if he’s looking to make more cash as a professional martyr for Perkins et al.

    • djcoastermark

      You can bet the paperwork is already in the mail.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Those $9/hour spams are Liberty Counsel’s greatest recruiting tool.

      • JCF

        Or at GoFuckMe.

        • djcoastermark

          Isn’t that supposed to be GoFuckEveryoneElseButMe ?

          • Todd20036

            Certainly not in DC…

    • LeeCMH

      Well until we find out that he has a “wide-stance” in public bathroom stalls or something similar.

      Former members of Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council.

      Hateful Christian Tony Perkins’ FRC has had to do damage control twice when its hateful Christians working for them were exposed:

      Josh Duggar: Spokesperson for Family Research Council until it was found out he molested his sisters and had two Ashley Madison accounts.

      George Rekers: Founder of the Family Research Council and was prominently quoted on the FRC web site. He was caught with the call boy at the Miami airport, claiming he had hired the Rent Boy escort just to carry his bags.

      The FRC scrubbed their site of both folks right after the news hit.

      • The_Wretched

        Duggar also paid for sex with a pron actress and beat her up (non-consensual assault). twice!

        • LeeCMH

          And all the while screaming hateful shit about gays with Tony Perkins’ FRC.

  • vorpal 😼

    Every time I read about Judge Nance, I’m reminded of this amusing clip from Portlandia. (My husband and I call each other and our tortoiseshell gal kitty, Rapunzel, a “Nance” when one of us is being a total bitch.)

    • greenmanTN

      From my youth, “Nancy boy!”

      • David Walker

        The childhood mystery novel series “The Hardy Girls” and “The Nancy Boys.” Such a missed opportunity.

        • greenmanTN

          My favorite euphemism. Back when I had my bookstore a customer was gossiping to me about some of the Houston ‘worthies’ and social lions. Talking about a large fish in that fetid pond, he dropped his voice, looked both ways to make sure he wasn’t overheard, and said “Her son doesn’t *bother* girls!” and looked at me meaningfully to make sure I got it.

          So I have said about many a fellow ‘mo, “He doesn’t BOTHER girls!”

      • Robincho

        Nancy Boy is a bath products shop in Hayes Valley here in SF. Not far away are Sit & Spin (a laundromat) and Hand Job (manicurist)…

        • greenmanTN

          Now you just need a Namby Pamby and a Pantywaist.

          • Robincho

            At our present rate of chicté, I’m sure those will be along in a week or so…

            I’ve half a mind to open a suggestive undergarment outlet which I shall call “Whamby Bamby Thankya Mamby”…

  • Dale Snyder

    Good. Somebody a little bit more fit could do the job.

  • Tempus Fuggit

    Announces his run for Congress (or suchlike) innnnnnn three…two…one…

  • Rex

    He can join the unfairly persecuted club with Kim Davis.

  • PickyPoussin

    OT: Time for a pleasant seasonal distraction.

    • greenmanTN

      I posted this last night so sorry if you’ve already seen it. It’s a Sleepy Hollow lantern I made many years ago. The transparency has faded so you can’t see the blue night, the moon, or the jack o lantern the horseman is throwing. I just need to print another one on the ink jet. I also had a flying Wicked Witch transparency…

      • PickyPoussin

        Very cool! Nicely done too!

    • M Jackson

      His Finale to “The Carnival of the Animals” always lifts my spirits.

    • David Walker

      That piece scared the shit out of me when I was a kid. My paternal grandmother was my sort-of contact to classical music (in the wilds of eastern PA!) and she had a collection of 78s. This was one. I mean, I loved listening to it, I’d ask her to put it one the Victrola for me, but it still scared the shit out of me. The imagination of a gayling knows no bounds.

    • Adam King

      (I read it as PickyPoisson, and thought it sounded kind of fishy.)

    • Joe in PA

      Wow, are you standing in for @BillBear? Nice.

  • Andrea_Rae

    At least he recused himself, he could have taken the cases and handed down a shitty ruling.

  • tchowski

    Good riddance to Christofascist rubbish!

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Mitchell Nance, Kim Davis and Kelvin Cochran are all nailing themselves to crosses and touring the country as a victimhood supergroup.

    (brought to you be Nederlander and the Liberty Counsel, buy tickets now)

    • JW Swift

      Will Nickelback be opening for them?

  • Lumpy Gaga

    PBS showed “The Nance” (televised play) with Nathan Lane a couple of times. Worth checking out, if you come across it.

    • Gustav2

      This Friday ‘Falsettos’ is on

      • Hank

        Just double checked and it is set to record on my DVR. I have the original albums from the first go round years ago.

      • M Jackson

        I saw it on Broadway for the first time last Spring. I think it’s a dreadful musical, but I know plenty of people love it.
        Stephanie J. Block is wonderful as always.

        • Anastasia Beaverhousen

          It’s awful. I don’t understand it’s cult like following.

          • FloBear

            It’s genius. It’s a blistering time capsule of a period in many of our lives. The casting of the revival wasn’t ideal. But I still saw it twice on Broadway, in the cinema, and will def be watching again. Block and Uranowitz are brilliant. The kid is great. Andrew Rannells is gorgeous and woefully miscast, but I still love him, and Borle is Borle. Acquired taste which I have not acquired. Insanely brilliant music and lyrics. Anastasia, give it another try.

          • M Jackson

            I love that you love the show. How boring it would be if we all agreed with me.
            Did you give an endorsement of the musical “Anastasia”? I’ve heard negative talk, but the writers are among my favorites “Once On This Island” and “Ragtime”, and you can’t get a ticket without paying the price of the farm.

          • M Jackson

            Thank you. I love musicals more than life itself, but I hated the first act “March of The Falsettos” so much. My guy said to remember it was early in the AIDS crisis, but I pointed out that “The Normal Heart” written at the same time was so courageous and unflinching, as was what Armistead Maupin did with the development of Michael Mouse in the “Tales Of The City” books.

            Act 2 “Falsettoland” was much better, but they had lost me.

    • M Jackson

      Very good production. I loved the opening scene in the Automat.
      Co-star Johnny Orsini is dreamy.

    • FloBear

      It’s genius. Saw it twice on Broadway. Does the video include Johnny getting out of the bathtub naked?

    • clay

      (Hated the lighting design)

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Gayest. Review. Ever.

    • Regan DuCasse

      I LOVED that play! Saw it in movie theaters, then on tv. Lane is a killer actor. He amazed me in the National Theater production of “Angels In America” as Roy Cohn of all people.

  • FAEN

    A judge having to treat ALL people equally under the law. The horror!

    • clay

      A family court judge having to decide in the best interests of the child, rather than his own religious belief!

  • Natty Enquirer

    Took him long enough.

  • kaydenpat

    “recusing himself from any adoption proceedings involving lesbian, gay, and bisexual people.”

    Because children being adopted by loving LGBTQ folks is such a horror. /s

  • M Jackson

    It is crucial to fundamentalist christians that they be allowed to discriminate.

  • Michael R
    • Joe in PA

      No one will get that. 🙂

      • Robincho

        Wanna bet?…

    • teeveedub

      I’m more partial to Sluggo.

      • JCF

        I’ll take Aunt Fritzi, myself!

        Oh Nancy, it just looks like Fritzi’s been having bondage fun w/ Wonder Woman!

        [Go see “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women”: it’s great!]

        • Robincho

          Ernie Bushmiller and Chic Young definitely subscribed to that va-va-va-voom look for females that just SCREAMED “first-half-of-twentieth-century”. Nancy died a merciful death, but Blondie, unfortunately, continues to torment us…

      • Robincho

        And this would come as a surprise to whom, exactly?

        But no, seriously, folks, Sluggo did have that certain close-cropped look that made you just wanna, oh, I dunno, DO him while Nancy and Fritzi had to watch…

  • Dagoril

    The Kim Davis Effect!

  • Adam King

    Fare thee well, Feliciana.

  • David Walker

    Such a wuss this Nance guy is. He needs some gumption lessons from Judge Roy. First, you know Judge Roy would NEVER “recus(e) himself from any adoption proceedings involving lesbian, gay, and bisexual people.” Recusal is for sissies like weasel-face Sessions. And then not being bold about treating non-Jeebus-freaks better than them faggots or nigras. All in a day’s work for Judge Roy. These northern judges (from Kentucky) just don’t know how to get things done right.
    (/s, just in case that’s needed)

  • DisqusD37

    Next, Trump hires him.

    • JCF

      Pence hires him.

  • Ninja0980

    Your job as a job isn’t to impose a religious test on people who come before you.
    You can’t handle that, then resign.

  • Daniel Jenkins

    I’m confused. I certainly don’t support his stance on LGBT people and adoption, but I thought his recusing himself due to his own bias was the right thing to do. Am I not seeing the big picture?

    • Not if he recused himself then refused to transfer the case to another judge.

  • Boreal

    Bye gurl

  • Macbill
  • Canadian Observer

    Door… ass… way out…

  • Benny S.

    What the hell is in the water in Kentucky?

    • clay


  • leastyebejudged

    All his past cases should be vacated.

  • Girlgoon

    He should still go to jail and be fined not live in lavish retirement

    • Baltimatt

      What criminal law did he violate?

  • Squicky

    This all seems kind of weird. On the one hand, it’s good to see an anti-gay judge leave the scene. On the other hand, he actually had the integrity to (1) acknowledge his prejudice and (2) recuse himself from those cases because he knew he couldn’t be fair and impartial. I suppose his other option was to lie and keep hearing those cases, and sabotage them, which is what most other judges (Roy Moore) would have done. It’s quite rare to see a bigot with a sense of responsibility who takes deliberate action to reduce the harm he could cause.

  • Professor Barnhardt

    Help me out here:

    If he has been recusing himself, is that such a bad thing?