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Sam Brownback stalls judicial nom over same-sex ceremony


Killer ‘fro: unretouched scan of Sam’s Kansas State University 1977 yearbook.

A true believer in fomenting homobigotry ahead of more important matters, Sam Brownback (R-KS) has decided to hold up a judicial nominee, Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Janet T. Neff, to the U.S. District Court in Michigan’s Western District, over the fact she lead a commitment ceremony for a lesbian couple in 2002. (AP/NYT):

”It seems to speak about her view of judicial activism,” Brownback said. ”That’s something I want to inquire of her further.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee last week approved Neff’s nomination for a seat on the U.S. District Court in Michigan’s Western District. Her nomination is now pending before the full Senate. A single senator can block a nomination from moving forward by placing a hold on it.

…Brownback said Republican activists in Michigan expressed concerns about Neff after seeing her name in a September 2002 New York Times ”Weddings/Celebrations” announcement. It said Neff led the commitment ceremony for Karen Adelman and Mary Curtin with the Rev. Kelly A. Gallagher, a minister of the United Church of Christ.

While commitment ceremonies marking the union of same-sex couples have grown increasingly common, they are largely symbolic and carry no legal benefits. Brownback said he wanted to find out whether Neff may have presided over ”an illegal marriage ceremony” that skirted Massachusetts law, which did not recognize gay marriages at the time.

What on earth is he talking about? Good night, he’s deranged. That didn’t go unnoticed.

Joe Solmonese, president of the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign, said commitment ceremonies ”have nothing to do with the law. This was a symbolic expression of love between two people.”

”This is nothing more than Sam Brownback looking for another opportunity to rear his bigoted head and find a way to attack gay people,” Solmonese said.

Look no further than the opinions of Sam’s chief of staff to see how far from the mainstream a 2008 campaign would be — Robert Wasinger, wrote in a Heritage Foundation-funded magazine that the “innocent sperm” of gay men are, “forced to swim into feces.”

The masses are going to have to overlook the above nonsense along with the other elements of his fringe view of the world, particularly the fetus.

He is running for president because murder is always on his mind: the abortion of what he considers fetal citizens. He speaks often and admiringly of John Brown, the abolitionist who massacred five pro-slavery settlers just north of the farm where Brownback grew up. Brown wanted to free the slaves; Brownback wants to free fetuses. He loves each and every one of them. “Just . . . sacred,” he says.

Hat tip, Holly.

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