Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Way to support an independent judiciary:

A gay marriage opponent in the Maryland legislature called Tuesday for a judge to be impeached for a recent ruling in favor of gay couples in a marriage challenge.

Delegate Don Dwyer, R-Anne Arundel County, has said for weeks that he would call for the removal of Baltimore Circuit Court Judge M. Brooke Murdock, who ruled in January that a law banning same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. Dwyer also sponsored a failed proposal to change the state constitution to ban gay marriage.

"The public trust has been violated," Dwyer told the House when he introduced his impeachment resolution. "It is our duty, our obligation and our responsibility to hold the court accountable."

Dwyer said Murdock should be cited for misbehavior in office, willful neglect of duty and incompetence. His impeachment plan will likely meet no more success than his amendment proposal. The impeachment resolution was sent to committee with no debate, and the Maryland legislature has not impeached a judge for more than a century.

Apparently this imbecile doesn't realize that the reason judges aren't elected is so that their rulings won't be subject to popular opinion. Thankfully, he's setting the bar for impeachment at "incompetence", which plainly makes him a target.

Fortunately, some people are a bit more intelligent. Thanks to my father for sending me this--even the headline is great:

Ohio lawmaker to propose ban on GOP adoption

Yes, you read that correctly. In retaliation for a GOP-sponsored bill that would ban children from being put in adoption or foster care of a GLBT person, or someone who has a roommate who is GLBT, a Democratic senator is proposing a ban on allowing any household with a Republican in it to adopt.

To further lampoon Hood's bill, Hagan wrote in his mock proposal that "credible research" shows that adopted children raised in Republican households are more at risk for developing "emotional problems, social stigmas, inflated egos, and alarming lack of tolerance for others they deem different than themselves and an air of overconfidence to mask their insecurities."

However, Hagan admitted that he has no scientific evidence to support the above claims.

Just as "Hood had no scientific evidence" to back his assertion that having gay parents was detrimental to children, Hagan said.

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