ONE LEFTIST GAY JUDGE, VAUGHN WALKER, SABOTAGED THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA WHO DEFINED MARRIAGE AS BETWEEN MALE AND FEMALE.
Following the above Gay Annoucement, Judge Vaughn Walker admitted that he was gay and announced his retirement from the bench. Wikipedia reports:
“On September 29, 2010, Walker announced he would retire at the end of 2010 and return to private practice. He retired at the end of February 2011. On April 6, 2011, Walker told reporters that he is gay and has been in a relationship with a male doctor for about ten years. He was the first known gay person to serve as a United States federal judge, though he did not publicly confirm his sexual orientation until after retiring from the federal bench.“
U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals Bigotry against the American Family
“Shaky Grounds for Prop. 8 Ruling”
By Debra Saunders at the San Francisco Chronicle:
Two of three judges on a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Tuesday found Proposition 8 unconstitutional. Judge Stephen Reinhardt stipulated that the ruling skirted the larger issue of whether same-sex couples have a right to marry. That’s a shame, because at least an equal-right-to-marry claim makes for a clean argument.
Reinhardt praised himself for overturning Prop. 8 on “the narrowest ground.” It is also on the shakiest ground. The narrow ruling is based on the fiction that Prop. 8 eliminated a right without a legitimate reason. Prop. 8 was born of “animosity toward the class of persons affected,” he wrote.
The worst part is that if it were not for political shenanigans and judicial activism, Reinhardt would not be able to reason as he wrote.
A quick history lesson: In 2000, 61 percent of Californians voted for Proposition 22, which prohibited same-sex marriage.
In 2004, then-Mayor Gavin Newsom decide to ignore state law and opened San Francisco City Hall to same-sex marriages. Later, the state Supreme Court ordered Newsom to stop the illicit nuptials and invalidated Newsom-issued marriage licenses. Some gay newlyweds appealed.
In 2008, in a 4-3 decision, the California Supreme Court found that marriage is a fundamental right for all. Some 18,000 same-sex couples tied the knot. And they are still married.
Meanwhile, that same year, opponents of same-sex marriage fought back by placing on the ballot a constitutional amendment to ban it. Some 52 percent of California voters approved the measure.
In 2009, the state Supreme Court upheld Prop. 8 and the right of the people to write their own state constitution, in a 6-1 decision.
“Prop. 8 didn’t take away any right that the state constitution ever really conferred,” noted Ed Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, an advocacy group. “By adopting Prop. 8, the people of California exercised their sovereign power to correct the state Supreme Court’s misreading of the constitution.”
Enter the federal court in 2010. Now-retired U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker struck down Prop. 8. On Tuesday, Reinhardt upheld Walker’s outcome.
Because Newsom had flouted state law, there was a hiatus between the decision that allowed same-sex marriage and the decision that banned it. That allowed the judges to maintain their construct that Prop. 8 took away something that only existed because Newsom had gamed the system.
Dissenting Judge N. Randy Smith was not impressed. As he pointed out, unless given no other option, federal courts should defer to state law.
Reinhardt and Judge Michael Hawkins did make two smart findings: They ruled that Walker did not have to vacate his anti-Prop. 8 ruling because of his being gay. (Who would be the next target, Catholic judges?)
They determined that because state officials (i.e., Govs. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown) refused to represent the voters in court, Prop. 8 proponents had a right to argue for the measure. As a result, the Prop. 8 case should reach the U.S. Supreme Court sooner rather than later.
“It’s simply one step along the way,” opined Jesse Choper, a University of California, Berkeley law professor.
When the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, Newsom stood on the steps of City Hall crowing, “It’s going to happen — whether you like it or not.” Newsom didn’t bother trying to win Californians over to his cause. He figured the courts would impose same-sex marriage on them. And then voters don’t have to like it.”
Comment: To accentuate the Leftwing bigotry against the ancient human sacred event of marriage, the Marxist Judge, Stephen Reinhardt is quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on the decision yesterday:
“Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples,” wrote Judge Stephen Reinhardt, who was appointed to the court by former President Jimmy Carter.”
Marxist judges can get by with making prejudicial and inflamatory statements primarily because the American voter knows nearly nothing about the LAW OF THE LAND, which is the FEDERAL CONSTITUTION.
Every American should be required to read the Constitution to find out where…WHERE ….ANYWHERE IN THIS DOCUMENT SUPPORTS JUDGE REINHARDT’S BIGOTTED DECISION?
It is a simple document in its verbage and structure. In a lawful, open society Judge Reinhardt would be removed from office for violating the LAW OF THE LAND. Today’s America is not longer based on rational problem solving. It has been thoroughly feminized by its major institutions, religious, educational, communications….all of them to abandon knowledge, facts, and reality….all that is rational for FEELINGS….EMOTIONS.
The only American I know besides this humble loner fromt the streets of suburban Minneapolis who sees the EVIL of the tyranny is Dennis Prager.
FEMINIZED SOCIETIES ARE DOOMED SOCIETIES. Nearly all of our insitutions have become corrupt because of their abandonment of the real, the rational, facts, reason, problem solving and the willingness and drive to defend ones family, both personal and national…….the reason d’etre of the human male……other males as well.
We learn our feminism stupidities at our corner institutions of learning and communicating from the Atlantic to the Pacific……taught by Marxist bigots interested of Government Forced Equality.
American Marxists, whether president Barack Hussein Obama or Judge Stephen Reinhardt, cannot advance their tyranny of Forced Equality in the light of day. They cannot advance tyranny in a democratic society by debate, ONLY by stealth.
Tuesday’s decision is likely just a way station en route to the Supreme Court, although Proposition 8’s backers could first ask an expanded 11-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit to re-hear the case.
The two judges behind the ruling sidestepped the broader issue of whether there was a constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry. By focusing instead on specifics of how same-sex marriages were first allowed and then forbidden in California, Judge Reinhardt’s opinion seemed more likely to survive any eventual Supreme Court scrutiny, said legal analysts.
The narrow ruling is “clearly meant to try, as best they can, to insulate the decision from future review,” said David Masci, a senior researcher at the nonpartisan Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
While appeals are pending there aren’t likely to be any same-sex marriages performed immediately in California, as the court’s rules allow two weeks for the finding to take effect.
Andy Pugno, general counsel for the ProtectMarriage.com coalition, the official proponents of Proposition 8, said he would “immediately” appeal the ruling, though he didn’t say to which court. That likely would cause the verdict to be stayed further.
“Ever since the beginning of this case, we’ve known that the battle to preserve traditional marriage will ultimately be won or lost not here but rather in the U.S. Supreme Court,” Mr. Pugno said. “We are confident that the rights of California voters will finally win out.”
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