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Regarding John G. Roberts for the Supreme Court

Filed By Ed Team | July 19, 2005 7:00 PM | comments

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The news is out: President Bush is said to be nominating John G. Roberts for the U.S. Supreme Court. We don't know much about him on the topic of glbt civil rights, but there may be reason for some comfort in the following: 1.) The Washington Blade has reported him to be among the more moderate of choices for the bench (on the conservative spectrum under consideration.) 2.) He is considered to be bedrock conservative, not a movement conservative. 3.) He is a graduate of Harvard undergrad and Harvard Law which, in my opinion, means he is has had plenty of healthy exposure to different religions, cultures, and lifestyles. While many may have objections to this justice based on other progressive issues, it is not immediately apparent to me that his choice will prove damaging for us. We will have to watch the hearings closely.

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AUTHOR: Anonymous

DATE: 7/19/2005 10:59:10 PM

You should check out Advance Indiana's story--he doesn't look like a good choice for us at all.

AUTHOR: Jason Humphrey

DATE: 7/21/2005 04:37:25 PM

The one comfort we have is that Republicans have a bad record of nominations, as acknowledged by many on the Christian Right. This should succor you through to the nomination process, which I believe will finally be a dignified process again.Nomination to the court is often a transformative life event -- the Justices have no where further to go, no pleasing of constituencies. Their obligation is solely to the constitution, and that is a good thing, as it is not a Christian Right document.I urge Marla and others who are all excited about this to be calm and actually look at the nominee, not follow the kant of rancor that should be against Shrub and his bush wars, not against Roberts.I say this as a lifetime moderate Democrat and gay man. This is not the worst we could have done.