Short-list SCOTUS homophobes
365gay.com has added some information to the AP round-up of short-listers to replace Harriet Miers, and of course, the list is full of homo-bigots:
Janice Rogers Brown, 56, was confirmed in June to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit after a bitter Senate battle and filibuster. Brown is an outspoken black Christian conservative who previously sat on the California Supreme Court. In 2003, she was the only justice on that court to rule against recognizing the right of gay Californians to legally adopt their children. Brown argued that allowing a gay parent to legally adopt the biological child of their partner “trivializes family bonds.”
She also supports limits on abortion rights and corporate liability.
Priscilla Owen, 50, was confirmed in May for a seat on the 5th Circuit after a drawn-out Senate battle. Democrats argued that Owen let her political beliefs color her rulings. She has a long record of anti-gay rulings.
Alberto Gonzales, 50, is the U.S. Attorney General and former White House counsel. During his confirmation hearings for attorney general the American Civil Liberties Union said that Gonzales’ White House office undertook the legal thinking behind Bush’s decision to support the Federal Marriage Amendment to ban same-sex marriage and that he helped formulate the legal framework for it and for the presidentâ€™s “faith-based initiative” which would allow faith groups to circumvent local laws which prevent discrimination against gay and lesbian workers.
Critics also contend a memo he wrote on treatment of terrorism detainees helped lead to abuses like those seen at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Conservatives have urged Bush not to nominate him.
Harvie Wilkinson, 60, currently sits on the 4th Circuit. He has been consistently conservative in his rulings since being put on the court by then-president Ronald Reagan in 1984. Wilkinson wrote the majority 4th Circuit opinion in 1996 upholding the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that barred gays serving in the military from revealing their sexual orientation.