White House called Concerned Women for America for the thumbs up on Alito
The White House made sure to check-in to get the pat on the head from the homo-haters on the “Scalito” pick. (WP):
One group consulted was the Concerned Women for America, whose decision to oppose Miers last Wednesday became one of the final blows to help kill the nomination. Janet M. LaRue, the group’s chief counsel, said it received a call from the White House on Saturday and liked what it heard.
“[Judge Samuel Alito] and Luttig have always been at the top of our list,” she said in an interview. “We think either of them would be a supreme pick. There isn’t a thing stealthy about them. They’ve got a long, proven record of constitutional conservatism.”
It’s no surprise — no one expected Alito, a far-right winger pick to be homo-friendly, but this is something out of the dark ages.
In 2001, Judge Alito authored a decision in Saxe v. State that declared unconstitutional a public school district policy that prohibited harassment against students because of their sexual orientation or other characteristics.
The policy focused only on harassment that had the purpose or effect of interfering with a student’s educational performance or creating and intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
Alito reasoned that the policy was unconstitutional because it could cover what he called “simple acts of teasing and name-calling.”
“If confirmed Judge Alito is likely to be the decisive vote on many critical issues important to all Americans, including the most basic rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-affected people,” said Lambda Legal’s Legal Director, Jon Davidson.
In August of 2004, blogACTIVE, the editor’s blog of PageOneQ, reported that the Chief Financial Officer of Concerned Women for America, Lee LaHaye was a gay man. LaHaye is the son of CWA’s founders Timothy and Beverly LaHaye.
“I find it rather odd that a conservative President would turn to such a confused organization to vet his picks for the Supreme Court,” said Michael Rogers, editor of blogACTIVE and PageOneQ. And the fact an organization with a gay man as its Chief Financial Officer would approve of such far right wing judges is further proof of the dysfunction of the organization’s agenda and its operation.
What more do the Dems need to know to help them decide that this is a filibuster-worthy nominee?