October 29, 2006


Court is divorced from reality ( Paul Mulshine, October 29, 2006, Newark Star-Ledger)

Like other conservatives all over America, I wish to offer a warm and sincere "thank you" to the New Jersey Supreme Court.

We conservatives have been arguing for some time now that the only way to prevent activist judges from imposing same-sex marriage on America is through a federal constitutional amendment.

Last week, the New Jersey court proved us right. The court issued an order giving the state Legislature six months to enact a law legalizing same-sex marriage or its functional equivalent, civil unions for gays. But what will happen if the legislators ignore that order?

"When I vote against it, is the judge going to throw me in jail?" asks Michael Doherty, a Republican assemblyman from Warren County.

Absurd. No judge would ever claim the power to order an elected official jailed for failing to vote the way the judge desired. If you think that, you don't know Jersey judges. A few years ago, Doherty came within a few hours of being thrown in jail by a judge in Warren County who didn't like the way the then- freeholder was voting on a building plan for the county college. If that doesn't give you an idea of just how nutty the judges in this state are, I invite you to read the opinion in the case decided last week.

The Left's reliance on the courts rather than democracy to try and obtain gay rights suggests just how at odds they are with the American people and the recent dust-up on the set of Grey's Anatomy shows why the Democrat coalition is so vulnerable if it pushes the social issues that motivate the party elite.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 29, 2006 12:39 PM

I'm sorry, but one has to ask who's fault it is that a Jersey judge would have the stones to throw a legislator in Jail: The arrogant judges themselves, or the Legislature who let those same arrogant judges take political falls for them.

Legislature, heal thyself. Better yet, get some testicles, for once.

Posted by: Brad S at October 29, 2006 2:29 PM

Legislature, heal thyself. Better yet, get some testicles, for once.

Don't need 'em. Like many invertebrates, the New Jersey legistature reproduces asexually.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 29, 2006 2:47 PM

I am getting tired of being the only one who reads these cases. Certainly the author of this article has not done so. If he had read it, he would know that the NJ court never considered the conservative arguments for what the article calls "bibical" marriage because the Jersey AG conceded the ground.

This one of the oldest tricks in the left-wing play-book: pretend to "lose" some politically charged litigation, then tell the people, "Oh well, the judge said, too bad." I may very well be that the court would have disregarded the arguments Mulshine write about anyway, but it never had the opportunity to do so.

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 29, 2006 3:31 PM