Posts Tagged ‘gay rights’

Non-judge Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court

Monday, May 10th, 2010

President Obama has nominated a lawyer with no judicial experience to the Supreme Court:
NBC: Obama to name Kagan for high court
1st female solicitor general served as White House adviser under Clinton

Kagan would be the first justice without judicial experience in almost 40 years. All of the three other finalists she beat out for the job are federal appeals court judges, and all nine of the current justices served on the federal bench before being elevated. The last two justices who had not been judges, William Rehnquist and Lewis Powell, joined the Supreme Court in 1972.

William Jacobsen finds a supreme irony in the nomination: Supreme Irony – Kagan Nomination Ends Gay Marriage Hopes

But on one issue of critical importance to the left — the constitutional right to same-sex marriage, Kagan has staked out a very clear and unequivocal position: There is no constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

In the course of her nomination for Solicitor General, Kagan filled out questionnaires on a variety of issues. While she bobbed and weaved on many issues, with standard invocations of the need to follow precedent and enforce presumptively valid statutes, on the issue of same-sex marriage Kagan was unequivocal.

This doesn’t mean that Kagan opposes gay marriage. But she clearly believes it is a matter for the political process, not a constitutional right.

While it is not clear what view the other Justices have, it is likely that a Kagan on the Court will put an end to any ultimate chance of success in the federal lawsuit lawsuit filed by David Boies and Ted Olson to have California Prop. 8 declared unconstitutional.

Reasonably assuming the four conservative judges share Kagan’s view, there now will be a definite majority on the Court against recognizing a constitutional right to gay marriage.

The Washington Post touts her lack of judicial experiece, saying Elena Kagan never let lack of experience hold her back. Hail the SCOTUS bureaucrat:

“She knows government, and she knows how to run institutions.”

UPDATE
SCOTUS blog has 9750 Words on Elena Kagan
More than you ever wanted to know
, via TigerHawk

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Non-judge Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court

Monday, May 10th, 2010

President Obama has nominated a lawyer with no judicial experience to the Supreme Court:
NBC: Obama to name Kagan for high court
1st female solicitor general served as White House adviser under Clinton

Kagan would be the first justice without judicial experience in almost 40 years. All of the three other finalists she beat out for the job are federal appeals court judges, and all nine of the current justices served on the federal bench before being elevated. The last two justices who had not been judges, William Rehnquist and Lewis Powell, joined the Supreme Court in 1972.

William Jacobsen finds a supreme irony in the nomination: Supreme Irony – Kagan Nomination Ends Gay Marriage Hopes

But on one issue of critical importance to the left — the constitutional right to same-sex marriage, Kagan has staked out a very clear and unequivocal position: There is no constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

In the course of her nomination for Solicitor General, Kagan filled out questionnaires on a variety of issues. While she bobbed and weaved on many issues, with standard invocations of the need to follow precedent and enforce presumptively valid statutes, on the issue of same-sex marriage Kagan was unequivocal.

This doesn’t mean that Kagan opposes gay marriage. But she clearly believes it is a matter for the political process, not a constitutional right.

While it is not clear what view the other Justices have, it is likely that a Kagan on the Court will put an end to any ultimate chance of success in the federal lawsuit lawsuit filed by David Boies and Ted Olson to have California Prop. 8 declared unconstitutional.

Reasonably assuming the four conservative judges share Kagan’s view, there now will be a definite majority on the Court against recognizing a constitutional right to gay marriage.

The Washington Post touts her lack of judicial experiece, saying Elena Kagan never let lack of experience hold her back. Hail the SCOTUS bureaucrat:

“She knows government, and she knows how to run institutions.”

UPDATE
SCOTUS blog has 9750 Words on Elena Kagan
More than you ever wanted to know
, via TigerHawk

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I must meet a deadline this morning, therefore there will be no podcast today. Thank you for your support.

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Must-read of the day: “The HomoCon Tipping Point: Why CPAC Was a Milestone Weekend for Gays”

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

My friend Bruce Carroll of Gay Patriot has a post at Big Journalism that must read, if it’s the only blog post you read all week,
The HomoCon Tipping Point: Why CPAC Was a Milestone Weekend for Gays

The conservative bloggers who were actually at CPAC and who actually witnessed the Sorba tirade went ballistic on him immediately. From Ace of Spades, to HotAir, to Michelle Malkin and across the entire center-right blogosphere, especially via Twitter, the reaction was one of complete and utter disdain – not for Sorba’s lack of etiquette, but for his message of intolerance.

Suddenly the mainstream media and liberal bloggers couldn’t hide the truth. The first video of Alexander McCobin was now on YouTube, going viral, and creating the contrast with how Sorba was booed off the CPAC stage. It was undeniable; facts truly are stubborn things. And this all happened at the speed of the internet in 2010.

The change in the reaction on the Left came when Keith Olbermann at MSNBC, in the midst of a rant on the “crazies” at CPAC, conceded that the conservatives turned on Sorba and stood up for GOProud. If Olbermann is defending CPAC, you know there’s a break in the Maginot Line.

Go read it all.

And of course, Gay Patriot‘s in you daily reads already, isn’t it?

On CNN Live’s Blogger Bunch

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Matt Lewis was also in the podcast.

I’m on @CNNdotcomLive panel at 12:08 talking about the SCOTUS rejecting the challenge to the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy first instituted during the Clinton administration. See you there!