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Should a gay judge be able to rule on a gay rights issue?

Is there a conflict of interest here, or is the judges sexuality irrelevant?

http://www.npr.org/2011/06/13/137109321/when-a-gay-judge-rules-on-gay-rights

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UpSheRises

Asked by UpSheRises at 4:16 PM on Jun. 13, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Should a straight judge be able to rule on gay rights issues?
    Dharrahy

    Answer by Dharrahy at 4:20 PM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • I would hope a judge would be able to rule fairly no matter their sexual orientation.
    missanc

    Answer by missanc at 4:21 PM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • any person who is in a position of power has to drop their personal opinions at the door and follow the law
    takes_a_village

    Answer by takes_a_village at 4:24 PM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • A judge was appointed to be a judge because they could be fair and impartial. Should straight judges be able to rule on straight issues? Come on. What people do in the privacy of their bedrooms doesn't dictate their entire way of thinking!!
    Evie3

    Answer by Evie3 at 4:25 PM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • Hmmmmmmm I think that would be discrimination.
    Musicmom80

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 4:25 PM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • Should a straight judge be able to rule on gay rights issues?


    Answer by Dharrahy a minute ago


    Generally judges are expected to recuse themelves from issues they are directly involved in so I'm not sure your use of an opposite question makes much of a point.


    Just because someone is straight doesn't mean they are anti-gay, but i'm gonna guess that most gay people favor gay rights (save for all of our crazy politicians).

    UpSheRises

    Comment by UpSheRises (original poster) at 4:26 PM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • I have no problem with it as long as the judge isn't an activist judge. Straight judges rule on straight issues all the time and I don't have a problem with it ~ unless they are activists.

    Judges are supposed to rule on things according to the COTUS. It's the ones that insist on setting precedent after precedent and change the laws by circumventing our legal process and constitution that I have a problem with (which renders their sexuality moot).
    Farmlady09

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 4:28 PM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • Hmmmmmmm I think that would be discrimination.


    Answer by Musicmom80 a minute ago


    If someone holds stock in a company they are expected to recuse themselves from ruling on that case because the decision they make has a direct personal impact. Surely a gay rights ruling would have a direct impact on that gay judge, right?

    UpSheRises

    Comment by UpSheRises (original poster) at 4:29 PM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • I have no problem with it as long as the judge isn't an activist judge. Straight judges rule on straight issues all the time and I don't have a problem with it ~ unless they are activists.


    Answer by Farmlady09 2 minutes ago


    How can you tell when someone is an activist? It seems like judges are labeled activists when they make a liberal decision.

    UpSheRises

    Comment by UpSheRises (original poster) at 4:31 PM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • can't open link right now... But on first response, my answer is more questions...Just like anything else (race, sex, etc)..., it depends on how biased they are.... Is there reason to believe they will be biased and ignore the laws of the land? Otherwise, No.. Will have to look at the link when I get home.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:34 PM on Jun. 13, 2011

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