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    Chief Justice John Roberts’ lesbian cousin to attend Proposition 8 arguments

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    Chief Justice John Roberts' first cousin, a lesbian, will attend Tuesday's oral arguments in the first gay marriage case to reach the Supreme Court. She will be in the seating section reserved for the justice's family and close friends.
    Jean Podrasky, 48, told the Los Angeles Times that she hopes her first cousin will decide to overturn California's gay marriage ban, called Proposition 8, so that she can marry her longtime girlfriend. “He is a smart man,” Podrasky told the paper of the George W. Bush-appointed justice. “He is a good man. I believe he sees where the tide is going. I do trust him. I absolutely trust that he will go in a good direction.”

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    While in private practice as an attorney, Roberts, a devout Catholic, gave pro-bono legal advice to gay activists who were challenging a Colorado state law that nullified all anti-discrimination statutes protecting gays and lesbians. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court's conservative-leaning swing vote, ultimately wrote the opinion striking down that law in 1996, ruling that it appeared to be driven by hatred against a group of people and served no legitimate state purpose. That case, Romer v. Evans, became part of the basis for Kennedy's later opinion in 2003 striking down state sodomy laws as discriminatory against gay people.
    I did not know about Roberts giving the bro-bone legal advice to a gay group. Kinda interesting actually, Roberts, not the chief Justice, gave advice to one side of a ruling that Kennedy eventually wrote the ruling on.
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    Re: Chief Justice John Roberts’ lesbian cousin to attend Proposition 8 arguments

    Interesting. Here's to hoping Roberts makes the right choice when it comes.
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    Re: Chief Justice John Roberts’ lesbian cousin to attend Proposition 8 arguments

    I certainly hope he doesn't put family issues and bias over legal matters.
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    Re: Chief Justice John Roberts’ lesbian cousin to attend Proposition 8 arguments

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
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    I did not know about Roberts giving the bro-bone legal advice to a gay group. Kinda interesting actually, Roberts, not the chief Justice, gave advice to one side of a ruling that Kennedy eventually wrote the ruling on.

    "Bro-bone" advice? I was thinking more along the lines of "pro-boner," but that works too.


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    Re: Chief Justice John Roberts’ lesbian cousin to attend Proposition 8 arguments

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I certainly hope he doesn't put family issues and bias over legal matters.
    Same sex marriage IS a family issue.
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    Re: Chief Justice John Roberts’ lesbian cousin to attend Proposition 8 arguments

    Quote Originally Posted by Muddy Creek View Post
    Same sex marriage IS a family issue.
    His family issues. He should not rule on bias because of his lesbian cousin or have that factor at all in his decision making.
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    Re: Chief Justice John Roberts’ lesbian cousin to attend Proposition 8 arguments

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    His family issues. He should not rule on bias because of his lesbian cousin or have that factor at all in his decision making.
    ALL family issues. The right to marry is a family issue
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    Re: Chief Justice John Roberts’ lesbian cousin to attend Proposition 8 arguments

    I bet all of the judges have relatives that are gay. I think the signifigance of this is just that she is going and setting in the reservced and family section. And it is open to the public.
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    Re: Chief Justice John Roberts’ lesbian cousin to attend Proposition 8 arguments

    Quote Originally Posted by Muddy Creek View Post
    Same sex marriage IS a family issue.
    Great job missing the point. If someone is moved to ignore the constitutional basis of an argument because a family member appears in front them that is fundamental failure of that persons character.

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    Re: Chief Justice John Roberts’ lesbian cousin to attend Proposition 8 arguments

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    His family issues. He should not rule on bias because of his lesbian cousin or have that factor at all in his decision making.
    Actually he should recuse himself

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