You might be wondering why I have a picture of a house advertising Cruella Deville, er, I mean, Katherine Densborne... Because of who lives in the house - S.K. Reid. That would be Marion County Superior Court Judge S.K. Reid. And judges aren't ethically supposed to engage in any partisan politics.
You don't know the good judge? Let me refresh your memory...
On Wednesday, Indiana Judge S.K. Reid upheld the Indiana marriage law in a strongly worded opinion acknowledging marriage and the traditional family as "the basic living unit of our free society." In addition, Judge Reid held that traditional marriage laws are closely tied to "the state's interest in encouraging procreation to occur in a context where both biological parents are present to raise the child."
...Judge Reid concluded that the plaintiffs had failed to present any "principled theory" why marriage, if understood simply as a long-term, stable relationship, would not apply equally to groups of three or more.
Now, I'm no lawyer, but I did a quick peek around on the internet - specifically, the American Bar Association's site - and I'd like to know if this is ethical by judicial standards. Isn't there a few things that are automatic "no-nos?" Like endorsing any candidate? A few of our contributors here are attorneys, so I'm sure we'll get a legal opinion on this quickly.
Here's what I found though... According to the Judicial Ethics Canon 5 section Rule 5.01 section (c) -
"...a judge or a candidate for judicial office shall not directly or indirectly (c) publicly endorse or oppose a candidate for any public office."
Anyone out there care to discuss the legalities of the situation?