Kate (kate_nepveu) wrote,

I haven't done all the research on this

Doubtless someone else has, but re: the most recent in the wave of federal district court decisions striking down state same-sex marriage bans (summary, link to decision at SCOTUSblog)—

I saw it noted on Twitter that "Most federal judges are ex-prosecutors in their 50s, i.e. cultural conservatives. If they're overwhelmingly rejecting SSM bans, it's over." That was right below a screenshot of the end of the decision, which I will quote at a little more length:

. . . in future generations the label same-sex marriage will be abandoned, to be replaced simply by marriage.

We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.

So I went looking for information about the judge who'd been the most recent to be moved to eloquence on this subject. (Though, I confess, I would have said "onto.") And indeed: John E. Jones III is a Republican appointed by George W. Bush who will be 59 next month. (Though he was a part-time public defender rather than a prosecutor.) He was also the judge on the intelligent design trial, wow, over a decade ago now, how time does fly.

I have no energy to go looking up the rest of the judges now, but, data point.

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