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The SCOTUS must be a mirror of our society. It must walk like us, talk like us, be from us... By any measure you choose this court is not a mirror of our society. In this post, I measure by religion. Three jews and six catholics are not by any wildest dream a mirror of our society. Given the catholics political agenda of denying equal rights and civil liberties to the GLBTA community, the catholics on this court must not ajudicate these cases. They have sacrifised their impartiality. They MUST do the moral thing and remove themselves. Based on this imbalance alone, everything this court has tried stands to be questioned in the court of public opinion. It is shameful.
treddle - I agree with you completely. Unfortunately, Scalia is not alone on this court. There are a couple more just like him.
Sorry treddle. The SCOTUS doesn't need to look, walk or talk like us. Their sole purpose is to determine the constitutionality of laws. You have fallen victim to identity politics. That only someone who looks, thinks and is like you can represent you or your side of an issue.
I don't get why the supreme court is involved with this at all it seems to me it is a states right issue and the states should fiqure it out on their own.
marcymmb-- The federal government has to have a position, also, because of federal tax policy. If a couple is married by a state, does the Federal Government automatically recognize that marriage (gay or straight) or does it have its own standard? What about Federal employees? In the past, when most folks stayed in the same place for their entire life, different policies state-by-state made more sense than it does today. Can you imagine the issues involved with job-related relocation or just simply moving if some states considered you married and some did not? My wife and I have moved a few times, and we're always recognized as married because we're a man and a woman, but it's got to be a mess for same-sex couples.
ranger78, could we at least agree that a SCOTUS member shouldn't have allegiance to another country (Vatican City) ahead of the US?
ranger78-- While I think you make a good point about identity politics, religion isn't like race or gender. One's religion is a choice, just like being a Republican or a Democrat, being liberal or conservative, or an overall view on the Constitution (originalist vs. evolving). Everyone involved in the selection process knows that choices and opinions matter when selecting justices, because those choices will affect their view on issues. It's no accident that there are only Christians and Jews on the Court (and not Agnostics, Atheists, or Muslims, for example), or that all of those Christians are Catholics (and not Lutherans, for example).
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