Court Rejects Lesbian’s Request to Have Christian Judge Removed From Divorce Proceedings Against Husband

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — An appeals court in Alabama has rejected a lesbian’s request to have a judge who also serves as a pastor removed from her divorce proceedings against her husband.

Tiara Lycans desires to divorce her husband, Zachary Lycans, and wants the court to grant her custody of their child. However, she is unhappy with the judge assigned to her case, who she says has “publicly expressed belief that homosexual relationships and marriages are contrary to God’s Law.”

DeKalb Circuit Court Judge Shaunathan Bell has served as a minister at Liberty Hill Baptist Church in Fort Payne for 15 years and regularly shares Scripture and Christian-themed exhortation on the Twitter page that he shares with his wife.

“Who cares that you can quote the entire Bible, if you live like you’ve never read it,” he re-tweeted on June 13.

“The Church does not exist for you. You are the Church existing for God’s glory through His mission to reach everyone else,” Bell also re-tweeted on April 17.

Lycans says that because of Bell’s beliefs, she doesn’t think she has a very good chance of being awarded custody of their child. The judge has thus far granted joint custody alternating weekly.

Lycans has sought Bell’s recusal, filing two motions about the matter, but the requests were denied. She then filed with the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, but on Thursday, it too rejected the effort. It noted that Bell had likewise granted joint custody in two other cases where the woman identified as a homosexual.

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Public reaction to the matter has been mixed.

“Considering Alabama’s historical animosity to the civil rights of lesbian and gay citizens—especially by its judiciary—I think Ms. Lycans has real reason to worry that she might not receive equal treatment under the law,” one commenter wrote.

“SCOTUS Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan all made very public pronouncements in support of same sex marriage and then declined to recuse themselves when a case that resulted in the legalization of SSM nationwide came before them. The three judges prejudged,” another stated.

“The question is not what did the judge do in cases involving lesbian litigants, but what did the judge do in all cases. If the decision is in line with other cases, then the allegations are baseless,” a third stated. “Take the lesbian-ness out of the equation, take the religion out of the equation, just base the cases on merit alone.”

“Seems that she got a reasonable verdict from the judge,” another opined.


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  • mr goody two shoes

    Well Just as long as beer drinking is not the issue she may be fine with it all.

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  • james blue

    I hear the same kind of arguments from Christians wanting gay judges to recuse from family/marriage cases involving gays. We even saw our president before he was elected try to get a justice of Latin heritage to recuse. Being Christian, Muslim Atheist, gay etc. Should not be a reason for a judge to recuse. However if there is a hint that this judge bases his decision on his religious beliefs or any belief other than the law there is a problem. Judges should leave their personal values at the door.

    • mr goody two shoes

      She a she judge and a she baptist pastor . and she worried about how others ate not living the christian life. Since when is it OK to live the christian life as a women pastor or judge.

      • james blue

        I think you might be suffering from gender confusion. The judge is a male.

        As for the stuff comparing lesbian parents to murderers you can take that tosh elsewhere.

        • mr goody two shoes

          Are you sure?? Because his ruling is so girlish.

    • wandakate

      What the judge has as beliefs is ingrained in him and isn’t easily tossed aside just because he’s a judge.
      GOD created 1 man to be with 1 woman and nothing else. If GOD (as creator) had wanted Adam (the first male/man) to be with another man then He would have created one for him as his mate. Likewise, if He would have wanted to create woman first, then He was capable of creating another woman to be with Eve (the first woman), thus there would be just two men or two women. However that is NOT what He wanted and NOT what He had intended from day one, or from the beginning of time. His intention/plan was male with female or man with woman and nothing outside of that was ever in his plan.
      Man (us mortal souls) decided that we wanted to change what GOD allowed b/c we just simply didn’t want to go along with GOD’s plan or program so we decided to make it legal to allow men to be with men and women to be with women (NOT GOD’s PLAN), thus in GOD’s eyes a SIN. Just b/c it became man’s law doesn’t mean it’s GOD’s law. GOD never changed His mind. They will NOT (according to scripture) ever be “married” in GOD’s eyes. They are in a man-made union but they are NOT “married” and in His eyes, they never will be, and that’s NOT going to change as GOD does not change.
      Scripture tells us that these people will NOT enter into the Kingdom of GOD.

      THIS is the doctrine or scripture that this judge believes, and tossing that aside for “man’s rules/man’s laws” isn’t something that is going to come easy for him.
      I honestly don’t think he would be able to lay his beliefs aside in order to see things from “man’s” point of view and judge the way she wants it to turn out.
      She’s living in sin according to the Bible and what he believes, therefore he’s going to have to take that into consideration when he makes his final decision based on his own personal beliefs and isn’t able to leave it (as you say) at the door. Harder said than done…

      • james blue

        If he is unable to leave his personal beliefs at the door he needs to recuse himself.

  • If not for the biblicallly seditious Constitution and Article 6’s Christian test ban by which mandatory biblical qualifications were also eliminated, this wouldn’t be an issue:

    “…The Bible stipulates, among other things, that judicial appointees must be men of truth who fear Yahweh and hate covetousness. (See Chapter 5 “Article 2: Executive Usurpation” for a list of additional Biblical qualifications.) The United States Constitution requires no Biblical qualifications whatsoever [thanks to Article 6’s Christian test ban]. Nowhere does the Constitution stipulate that judges must rule on behalf of Yahweh, rendering decisions based upon His commandments, statutes, and judgments as required in Exodus 18. That not even one constitutional framer contended for Yahweh,3 as did King Jehoshaphat, speaks volumes about the framers’ disregard for Him and His judicial system:

    ‘And he [King Jehoshaphat] set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city
    by city, and said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for Yahweh,4 who is with you in the judgment…. And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of Yahweh, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.’ (2 Chronicles 19:5-9)….”

    For more, see Chapter 6 “Article 3: Judicial Usurpation” of the free online book “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.” Click on my name, then our website. Go to our Online Books page, click on the top entry, and scroll down to Chapter 6.

    Then Chapter 9 “Article 6: The Supreme Law of the Land.”

  • Candlewood

    No matter what our culture dictates, children should not be awarded to homosexuals and lesbians. A person’s choice to live such a despicable, perverse lifestyle disqualifies them from being a proper parental role model. Many lesbians and homosexuals engage in pedophilia as well.