January 28, 2005

LOSING THE ANTI-DEMOCRATIC OPTION:

Gay couples drop marriage act challenges in federal court (Orlando Sun-Sentinel, January 26, 2005)

Three gay couples dropped their lawsuits Tuesday in Tampa federal court challenging the national Defense of Marriage Act, a move that will soon by followed by other couples who have filed similar state court actions in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Attorney Ellis Rubin announced Tuesday he will drop all of the lawsuits he has filed challenging the state and federal bans on gay marriages, saying he doesn't want to risk having conservative federal judges set an adverse legal precedent for same-sex couples. Rubin filed the first lawsuit in Broward County with much fanfare in February, then crisscrossed Florida filing similar challenges in state and federal courts.

"I'm going to back off and let the gay rights organizations take over and try to mold public opinion," he said. "That's what it is going to take for the court to recognize same-sex marriages."

Rubin said key in his decision was the U.S. Supreme Court's recent refusal to hear a challenge to the Florida law that bans gays from adopting children.

"That ruling strongly suggests that our case would not be favorably received," Rubin said.


Without circumventing Americans and going to the courts, what chance do they have?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 28, 2005 11:59 AM
Comments

Patience. There's still a 6-3 pro-whatever-the-gay-rights-lobby-wants majority on the Supreme Court, and it's only going to get worse. Law schools are now where Catholic seminaries were in the 70s, bending over backwards to recruit homosexuals and then affirming the heck out of their lifestyle choices.

As for the voters, the school system generally has only been screaming about the glories of sodomy for about a decade now, and the vast sewer, oops, I mean, entertainment industry, has only been pounding it for about two. In another 20-30 years, the thought that sodomy might be sinful, immoral, unhealthy, unwise, symptomatic of a disordered soul, or otherwise less than the pinnacle of human perfection will be unthinkable for 80% of the voters.

Posted by: Random Lawyer at January 28, 2005 1:02 PM

Are you sure the people at the law schools are bending over--backwards?

And do we think that an 80% majority will not prevail on this issue?

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 29, 2005 12:18 PM

Are you sure the people at the law schools are bending over--backwards?

And do we think that an 80% majority will not prevail on this issue?

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 29, 2005 12:20 PM
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