The judge who ruled for same-sex marriage in Utah came highly praised by GOP | Arkansas Blog

Monday, December 30, 2013

The judge who ruled for same-sex marriage in Utah came highly praised by GOP

Posted By on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 10:49 AM

JUDGE ROBERT SHELBY: Surprise hero of marriage equality fight.
  • JUDGE ROBERT SHELBY: Surprise hero of marriage equality fight.
Interesting newsmaker profile in New York Times on the Utah federal judge who said the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

He was highly recommended for the bench by Utah's Republican senators. He's a registered Republican. The only political contribution in his record was to a Republican candidate. He's a combat veteran. He had, said his Reublican backers, an unwavering commitment to the law.

Of course, that depends on what you think the Constitution's promise of equal rights under the law means. Does it mean some legally married people may be held more equal than others under the law? Judge Robert Shelby decided otherwise, joining judges in other states — and we hope some soon in Arkansas — in finding an obvious contradiction between discriminatory state laws and the country's foundation document.

Mormon-dominated Utah isn't happy. Officials are hoping to override the ruling. A Supreme Court day awaits. The judge is staying quiet. But his legal work spoke for him;

But this month, when it was time to decide a case brought by three gay couples challenging Utah’s ban on same-sex marriages, Judge Shelby appeared to be moved by their stories. In his 50-page ruling, he repeated the stories of how each couple met and fell in love, referring to them not only as plaintiffs or by last name, but as Derek and Moudi, Karen and Kate, Laurie and Kody.

He wrote that Utah’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage violated the Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection under the law, and said that the ban denied gay and lesbian couples “their fundamental right to marry.”

May his number increase.

Tags: , , , ,


Favorite

Comments (7)

Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Ad man Heathcott sues CJRW for damages in ouster

    Gary Heathcott the long-time ad and PR man who now lives in San Antonio has sued CJRW, the major ad and PR firm, over its severing of a consulting deal with him last year and asks $1.3 million in actual damages plus unspecified punitive damages.
    • Dec 18, 2018
  • Court dismisses ethics complaints against Kavanaugh

    The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed numerous judicial ethics complaints against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh because the law exempts Supreme Court members, even for acts committed as a judge covered by the law. In short: Bart O'Kavanaugh is above the law.
    • Dec 18, 2018
  • In face of blowback, state will slow down assisted living cuts

    Brett Rains of 40/29 is tweeting from the Capitol that the Department of Human Services is slowing its push for cuts in reimbursements for home health aides that critics have said could force many people into more expensive nursing home and force companies that provide the services out of business.
    • Dec 18, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Slideshows

  • Arkansas vs Ole Miss at War Memorial stadium in Little Rock, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. After leading for much of the game, Arkansas lost 37-33 when Ole Miss scored the game winning Touchdown with less that 2 minutes left. 
  • Margaret Clark Adventure Park
    New sculptures, preschoolers play area dedicated in Riverfront Park in Little Rock.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation