Thursday, November 6, 2014

Crummy Decision

And now for something completely different . . . or at least something we haven't seen in a while.

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals today declared that marriage bans in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee are legal.  It's the first time since the Supreme Court's Windsor decision that a federal appeals court has upheld a voter-approved ban on gay marriage.

The judges decided 2-1.  Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey was peeved with her two compadres.

She finished her dissent with this:  "If we in the judiciary do not have the authority, and indeed the responsibility, to right fundamental wrongs left excused by a majority of the electorate, our whole intricate, constitutional system of checks and balances, as well as the oaths to which we swore, prove to be nothing but shams."

Wow.  If a food fight breaks out in the Sixth Circuit lunchroom tomorrow, I won't be surprised.