Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The brief may have a more compelling argument, but I doubt it

Republican homophobes in Iowa are joining the battle to overturn a lower court ruling that banning gay marriage is unconstitutional and stupid.
Attorneys representing five Republican lawmakers have filed court documents asking the Iowa Supreme Court to overturn a Polk County judge, who struck down a state law banning same-sex marriage in August.

The Alliance Defense Fund, an Arizona-based organization that defends religious liberty, filed a friend of the court brief Tuesday for Representatives Dwayne Alons, Carmine Boal and Betty DeBoef and Senators Nancy Boettger and James Hahn.

The brief says Judge Robert Hanson abdicated his duty to be fair and neutral in considering a legal challenge to a 1998 state law filed by gay couples.

Well, sure. Hanson pointed out that the law was unfair to gays and their kids--in his own words, "So far as this court can tell (the law) operates only to harm same-sex couples and their children." Therefore he stopped being fair and neutral?

Or perhaps by being "fair and neutral" they really meant "imposing the bigotry of the majority onto the defenseless minority." That does seem to be the Christian, Republican version of fairness.

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