John Roberts: Officially Okay By Me
I have waited to comment on Bush's nominee for SCOTUS until I could read up on him a bit.
After I read this snippet from The Los Angeles Times, I made my decision.
By Richard A. Serrano
Los Angeles Times
"WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court nominee John Roberts worked behind the scenes for a coalition of gay-rights activists, and his legal expertise helped them persuade the Supreme Court to issue a landmark 1996 ruling protecting people against discrimination because of their sexual orientation.
Then a lawyer specializing in appellate work, the conservative Roberts helped represent the gay activists as part of his law firm's pro bono work. While he did not write the legal briefs or argue the case before the Supreme Court, he was instrumental in reviewing the filings and preparing oral arguments, according to several lawyers involved in the case.
The coalition won its case, 6-3, in what gay activists described at the time as the movement's most important legal victory. The three dissenting justices were those to whom Roberts is frequently likened for their conservative ideology: Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.
Roberts' work on behalf of gay activists, whose cause is anathema to many conservatives, appears to illustrate his allegiance to the credo of the legal profession: to zealously represent the interests of the client, whoever it might be..."
Now, I realize Roberts is antiabortion, but there comes a time when I have to take a stand on my own interests and issues first- especially the gay ones.
While I support a breeder's right to choose, I have no uterus, not to mention I don't engage in pregnancy-making activities because I am gay.
Abortion is not my issue.
Besides, have the heterosexual, female pro-choice contingent ever come out in force to support my gay rights? I think not.
Queers are not their issue.
As such, Roberts has shown effectivity in supporting my gay rights, and because of that, I believe he can be a fair and legitimate justice.
When a large group of pro-choice activists throw their money and support behind equal rights for us non-breeding queers, I may change my mind and reactivate my *aggressive* opposition to these conservative busybodies who oppose a woman's right to choose. But for now, I am going to passively support pro-choice like many of their activists passively support gay rights.
One more upside to Roberts is, the story of his gay legal advocacy came out AFTER the conservatives and their pinheaded leader Bush embraced him as the great white conservative hope.
Now Bush has to face the facts that, as usual, he failed to get a clear understanding of who and what he was endorsing before he threw his support behind Roberts. And the conservatives who lauded Roberts as an excellent nominee also have some gay egg on their faces.
That's too fucking bad.
I say we queers get behind Roberts and urge the legislature to thrust him into joining the Supremes.
With an open minded Justice like Roberts has shown he can be, even the abortion-getting gals might catch a break.
And that's fine by me.
It may not be my issue, but I support their cause and invite them to support mine– a lot more vigorously than they have so far.