Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Insufficiently Strict Constructionism 

Via our globetrotting colleague John Aravosis of AmericaBlog: When we predicted last week that right-wing pro-family groups would turn on Supreme Court nominee John Roberts because of his pro bono work for gay activists, we thought we were making a joke:
A conservative group in Virginia said Tuesday it was withdrawing its support for Supreme Court nominee John Roberts' confirmation because of his work helping overturn a Colorado referendum on gays.

The group, Public Advocate of the United States, is one of the first conservative organizations to announce anything but support for the judge

Eugene Delgaudio, the president of the group, said in an interview that he hopes his stance will prod others.

"I know that others feel the same way. I know they believe as I do. They're just not going to act," the 50-year-old Northern Virginia man said. "But once I've done it, then they can't claim that no one's opposing Roberts."

"We can't take our limited resources and put it toward a candidate who is not a strict constructionist when we were told he is," Delgaudio said . . . .

This is not the first time Delgaudio has gone up against the Bush administration. He criticized Vice President Dick Cheney last year after the vice president, when asked about gay marriage, said, "Freedom means freedom for everyone."

Delgaudio said then: "'Freedom' is not embracing perversion."
It is our understanding that while freedom did not actively embrace perversion, freedom was more than willing to let itself be embraced.

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