John Roberts: Second Class Citizen

When we were covering the Prop 8 Trial in San Francisco, Teddy Partridge made a very astute point. As the Prop 8 intervenors questioned a witness who (dubiously) talked about how adoptive families are less successful than biological parents in an effort to dismiss claims that gays and lesbians should be able to marry so their kids have more security, Teddy noted that the claims the Prop 8 people were making about adoptive families also applied, to Chief Justice John Roberts, who has two adopted kids.

It’s a point I’ve been obsessed with as the case made its way towards SCOTUS. I even thought about getting an amicus brief together representing opposite sex adoptive families, because the Prop 8 argument threatened their families with second class status, to emphasize the insult at the core of the Prop 8 case.

Turns out no one had to do that. (h/t Americablog)

“You’re looking at what is the best course societywide to get you the optimal result in the widest variety of cases. That often is not open to people in individual cases. Certainly adoption in families headed, like Chief Roberts’ family is, by a heterosexual couple, is by far the second-best option,” said John Eastman, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage. Eastman also teaches law at Chapman University law school in Orange, Calif.

As Teddy suggests, that NOM demeaned the Chief Justice’s family just two weeks before the arguments in this case is not only testament to their hard bigotry, but their stupidity.

But hey. If it helps Olson and Boies show how outrageous the distinct treatment of gay families is, all the better.

3 replies
  1. What Constitution? says:

    John Eastman who, as Dean of Chapman College law school in Orange County, California, offered John Yoo the cover of a sabbatical professorship teaching post away from Boalt Hall when things got too hot after the release of those pathetic torture memos. What a surprise. Not.

  2. scribe says:

    Roberts seems so intent on making everyone not a member of the 1 percent into second-class citizens, so it suits me fine that he himself be relegated to second-class status, too.

  3. It's A Bird It's A Plane It's A Weaponized Drone !!! says:

    Heads Up there in the GR area, emptywheel !! the flight pattern for these babies should be right above your area of operations …. you thought you could run … hide … guess again !!!


    The Battle Creek Michigan Air National Guard base is preparing for a future with drones, not cargo aircraft.

    The southwestern Michigan base said it learned from the US Air Force Thursday that it will fly the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle and won’t get C-130 cargo aircraft as it had hoped.

    The release describes the drone as “an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long endurance RPA (remotely piloted aircraft).” Pilots on the ground will operate the aircraft as they fly surveillance, reconnaissance and combat search and rescue missions overseas.

    Plans also call for the 110th Wing to get a “Cyber Command” unit and regional munitions storage area.

    Michigan Democratic US Senator Carl Levin [gee thanks Mister Comb Over!!! Nice going away present, eh???] last year announced plans for the mission changes in Battle Creek as well as at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Macomb County.

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