One can almost predict that a week will not go by without some homophobic Republican or anti-LGBT "godly Christian" somewhere in America being exposed as a hypocrisy filled closeted gay or porn addict or sexual pervert (if not a child molester). The latest to join the ranks of these hypocrites is Tallapoosa County, Alabama Probate Judge Leon Archer who refused to marry same sex couples because of his "sincere religious beliefs." Those beliefs seemingly did nothing to dissuade Archer from sending nude selfies via Facebook messenger to woman he met when she went to his office to get married to another man. LGBTQ Nation has details:
An Alabama probate judge accused of sending sexually charged messages and nude photos to a woman he met when she went to his office to wed another man has agreed to a six-month unpaid suspension, his lawyer said Thursday.Tallapoosa County Probate Judge Leon Archer regrets his actions and cooperated fully with a probe that resulted in charges filed Wednesday by the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission, said Randy Haynes, an attorney for Archer.
The complaint said Archer met a woman in 2013 when she was 34 and went to the probate office to wed a 68-year-old man. Archer performed the ceremony and noted the large age difference between the two, the complaint said.
The wedding was soon annulled, according to the complaint. In January, Archer began sending the woman sexually explicit messages and nude photos on Facebook, investigators alleged.
The messages ended after an east Alabama newspaper, The Alexander City Outlook, reported on them. The newspaper reported that Archer had admitted his actions at the time and apologized.
The judge, who is not a lawyer, reached a settlement with judicial investigators in which he agreed to a six-month suspension without pay, Haynes said. The suspension will begin Monday provided the Alabama Court of the Judiciary, which hears administrative cases against judges, approves the settlement during a hearing, Haynes said. “He will go back on full status in February,” said Haynes.
Alabama has elected judges and Archer is hardly the first judge to face issues over conduct. Virginia's system of appointed judges has its problems, but it is a hell of a lot better than what Alabama ends up with on the bench.