Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Ode To The Courts - Part 3

As I've written before HERE and HERE, the courts are our only line of defense against the radical social agenda being pursued by this radical president, and we get two new examples just this week, and two new judges to toast.

First, there was a ruling on the third of three cases challenging the constitutionality of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban:

A third federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act is unconstitutional, saying it fails to include an exception when a woman's health is in danger.U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf in Lincoln said that Congress ignored the most experienced doctors in determining that the banned procedure would never be necessary -- a finding he called "unreasonable."

"According to responsible medical opinion, there are times when the banned procedure is medically necessary to preserve the health of a woman and a respectful reading of the congressional record proves that point," Kopf wrote. "No reasonable and unbiased person could come to a different conclusion."

And then a ban on same-sex marriage in Washington State was ruled unconstitutional:

Thurston County Superior Court Judge Richard Hicks ruled that the state's Defense of Marriage Act, that was passed in 1998 limiting marriage to a contract between a man and a woman, was unconstitutional.

He said that Washington cannot grant a privilege like marriage to one group of citizens and not to others without providing a compelling reason for such discrimination.

He dismissed the state's contention that it was dependent on child-bearing couples for social stability, saying that provided no good reason for the state to ban same-sex marriage.

"Adults giving foster children a home are a family. Same sex couples who adopt children are a family. Clearly, it seems to this court, a same sex couple, especially a same sex couple with, adopted children is a family."

To Judge Kopf of Nebraska and Judge Hicks of Washington, we salute you.


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