Now, I've heard of arranged marriages before, but in other cultures. This story is not really about an arranged marriage, but it's about a forced marriage.
A group that advocates the separation of church and state has filed a complaint about a Texas judge, who ordered a man to marry his girlfriend as a condition of his probation. Yes! I said as a condition of his probation. What in the world is happening to this country?
The Freedom From Religion Foundation said on Friday that it filed the complaints against Smith County Court-at-law Judge Randall Rogers a day earlier with the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct in Austin, Texas. On July 2, Rogers gave 21-year-old Josten Bundy 30 days to marry 19-year-old Elizabeth Jaynes or face a 15-day jail sentence for pleading guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge. Bundy admitted to punching Jayne's ex-boyfriend twice in the jaw for "saying disrespectful things" about her. Rogers also ordered Bundy to scrawl a Bible verse 25-times daily. Rogers was nowhere to be found for comment and Bunday and Jaynes have been married ever since.
Now, here's my take on this. Stating the obvious, this judge had no right to order this kid to marry this young lady as part of his probation. Since Texas is more of a conservative state, I was a little surprised by the judge's communist actions. I was also surprised at the forceful scrawling of the Bible. Isn't there a little something in our Constitution called Freedom of Religion? This young couple might have been heading down the road of marriage and they do, in fact, look happy in this photo, but they should not have been forced into it. Who knows they might break up in a couple of years and now, she'll get half of everything. That's so unfair! This judge had no right and I hope he gets a punishment equivalent to something like this. Only he has to marry his dog or something!