Being Gay is Not a Conflict of Interest
  • Petitioned Ron Prentice

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Executive Director, ProtectMarriage.com
Ron Prentice

Being Gay is Not a Conflict of Interest

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      Human Rights Campaign

"If you don’t like the message, then go after the messenger!" That’s exactly what the people behind California's discriminatory Prop 8 are trying by moving to disqualify the judge who ruled Prop 8 unconstitutional. 

Judge Vaughn Walker ruled decisively last year against the legal team at ProtectMarriage.com, which has been fighting for Prop 8 in court. They now claim that, because Judge Walker is gay and in a relationship, he had a vested interest in the outcome of the case – and should have recused himself earlier on. They're asking another judge to disqualify Judge Walker on those grounds.

This kind of argument is an attack on the dedication and professionalism of gays and lesbians – not just in our legal system, but in all professions.  

It’s a disingenuous legal tactic that has been used time and time again – especially during the civil rights era – by unhappy litigants when they are unable to win their case on the merits. Should women judges have to recuse themselves from cases that concern equal pay? Should African American judges not be allowed to rule on cases related to race?

Call on ProtectMarriage.com to withdraw their motion to throw out Judge Walker’s ruling simply because he’s gay.

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    • don dodge SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Would a straight judge who came up with the opposite opinion be disqualified?

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    • Amanda Bucher DAYTON, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      If being gay means a judge has a vested interest, then so does being straight. Heterocentric people don't want this law passed because they can't stand the thought that the Different and the Unknown might be people too. Surely you're a good enough person to realize that this is all stupid. He was a judge. He couldn't have gotten to that point if he didn't take the letter of the law seriously. Withdraw your motion. It's stupid, pathetic, illogical, and easily argued against, just like the rest of your crazy ideals.

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    • Jan McAughey ST. CATHARINES, CANADA
      • over 3 years ago

      I have several friends & family members who are gay & they are some of the greatest people I know!

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    • hsanni henry CARSON, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      I live in California and Pray I will be able to Marry my Wife Next Year!!

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    • Allison Stacey SALEM, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      If we say that a gay judge has a conflict of interest, we should also ban Christian judges (and also judges who practice any form of religion who wants the "sanctity" of their marriages in tact) from ruling on this case. Since it's religious forms of marriage you're really trying to protect, straight, conservative, Christian judges have just as much conflict of interest as gay ones.

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