The only thing surprising, would have been if he’d upheld it.

Al Mohler offers his customary well-considered thoughts on the implications of a federal judge overturning the California consitutional amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman, known during the general election of November 2008 as “Proposition 8”.

Mohler’s article lists a number of the findings of Judge Vaughn Walker.  Here are some of them:

“Religious beliefs that gay and lesbian relationships are sinful or inferior to heterosexual relationships harm gays and lesbians.”

“Children do not need to be raised by a male parent and a female parent to be well-adjusted, and having both a male and a female parent does not increase the likelihood that a child will be well-adjusted.”

“The gender of a child’s parent is not a factor in the child’s adjustment. The sexual orientation of an individual does not determine whether that individual can be a good parent.”

“Same-sex couples are identical to opposite-sex couples in the characteristics relevant to the ability to form successful marital unions.”

In a breathtaking and brief sentence, the Judge Walker asserted: “Gender no longer forms an essential part of marriage; marriage under law is a union of equals.”

Al Mohler did not mention it in his article, but I will raise it here…would you be surprised to learn from reading these findings that the judge himself is gay?  It seems to me that they have something of a self-serving ring to them.  And it was not until I read them that I went searching to see if Vaughn Walker could truthfully say, with a straight face (pun intended) that he was not at all biased in his findings. 

Try as they might, his defenders will never be able to convince me that this was not a case judged by a conflicted jurist.  I wonder where Elena Kegan will land on this case when  it finally arrives at the SCOTUS?  Okay, I don’t REALLY wonder.


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