Friday, May 13, 2005

Marriage ruling sets stage for Senate debate

It had to happen eventually. A judge strikes a blow for equality.
As if the battle over federal judges and “judicial activism” were not superheated enough, a ruling Thursday by U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon to scrap Nebraska’s constitutional definition of marriage has added new fuel.

Bataillon’s decision – the first time that a federal judge has struck down a state constitutional provision limiting marriage to heterosexual couples – comes just a few days before the Senate begins its long-awaited debate on filibusters of President Bush’s judicial nominees.

Bataillon’s decision pits the life-tenured judiciary against direct democracy: who is more powerful, one federal judge, or the 477,571 Nebraskans, 70 percent of the voters, who cast ballots in favor of the constitutional provision back in 2000?

For now, the answer is Bataillon.
That pesky constitution. It just keeps standing in the way of the tyranny of the majority. Maybe we should just throw it out.


P-BS-Watcher said...

Is Judge Bataillon so stupid as to believe that anyone would buy his argument, or is he so stupid as to believe it himself? See Laws Are Illegal

Kendall Miller said...

Due process and equal protection are pretty strong arguments. You are going to have to enact a national amendment that says equal protection for everyone but homosexuals. That should do it.

Anonymous said...

I agree everyone should be equal why should men be given the option to use urinal or sit down toilets, women are only given one we must do away with the seperate but un-equal. Unisex bathrooms must be installed everywhere, otherwise women are being unjustly discriminated against. Because obviously there is a loss of protection to women since they can't use any restroom that they want.