Kentucky judge who refused to hear gay adoption cases found guilty of misconduct

Dec 22, 2017

By Darcy Costello

A Kentucky Family Court judge who refused to hear adoption cases involving gays and lesbians has been found guilty of misconduct by the state’s Judicial Conduct Commission.

The commission issued a public reprimand Tuesday against W. Mitchell Nance, who announced his intention to resign earlier this year amid the ethics and misconduct inquiry. That resignation was set to become final Dec. 16.

The order finds that “due to Respondent’s retirement, a public reprimand is warranted, and is the only public sanction available.”

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Nance drew national attention in April when he said he would no longer hear adoption cases involving “homosexual parties” because he believes allowing a gay person to adopt could never be in the child’s best interest. 

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One comment on “Kentucky judge who refused to hear gay adoption cases found guilty of misconduct”

  • @OP – Nance drew national attention in April when he said he would no longer hear adoption cases involving “homosexual parties” because he believes allowing a gay person to adopt could never be in the child’s best interest.

    Which clearly means that he is using personal bigoted views as a basis for judgement, rather than expert opinion, and each case evaluated on its merits according to the law.

    A definitive pointer to the fact that he is unfit to be employed as a judge responsible for enforcing the laws of the land as they are written!



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