KEYSER (AP) — A Mineral County judge has agreed to stop presiding over marriages altogether rather than officiate for same-sex couples.

KEYSER (AP) — A Mineral County judge has agreed to stop presiding over marriages altogether rather than officiate for same-sex couples.
The West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission issued a warning to Mineral County Judge Lynn Nelson after receiving a complaint from Fairness West Virginia, which advocates for equal treatment of people regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail in a story this week cites a letter the commission sent to the Fairness group in October.
According to a press release from Fairness West Virginia, they had conducted a phone survey of all the state’s circuit court and family court judges and “a clerk in Judge Lynn A. Nelson’s office told the organization that Judge Nelson performs marriages for opposite-sex couples, but not for those of the same sex.
“In May, Fairness wrote a letter to Judge Nelson, who serves on the 21st Judicial Circuit covering Mineral, Grant and Tucker counties, asking him to clarify his position. No response was received.
“Fairness then filed a formal complaint with the state Judicial Investigation Commission, which issued a warning to Nelson on Oct. 25 and then dismissed the matter,” said the release.
“Last week Fairness contacted Nelson’s office again and learned from a clerk that he has stopped performing marriages altogether.”
According to Fairness West Virginia, “About half of the judges surveyed said they do not perform marriages at all. There are four counties in West Virginia – Ritchie, Wood, Wayne, and Gilmer – where no public officials perform marriages.”
The letter says the commission didn't charge Nelson with any ethical violations. Commission General Counsel Teresa Tarr declined to comment Monday.
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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com and Fairness W.Va.