Thursday, August 04, 2005

We Naturally Assumed He Was Anti-Bono 

Via our esteemed colleague Michael of AmericaBlog: The organizers of "Justice Sunday" recently disinvited stem-cell heretic Bill Frist from the upcoming sequel to that snake-handlin' shindig, at which they "hope to voice support for Bush Supreme Court nominee John Roberts and bring attention to judicial matters of importance to evangelicals."

Now far be it from us to stir up trouble, but are Messrs. Dobson, Perkins et al aware that the President's Supreme Court nominee used to work pro bono for homos?
Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. worked behind the scenes for gay rights activists, and his legal expertise helped them persuade the Supreme Court to issue a landmark 1996 ruling protecting people from discrimination because of their sexual orientation.

Then a lawyer specializing in appellate work, the conservative Roberts helped represent the gay rights activists as part of his law firm's pro bono work. He did not write the legal briefs or argue the case before the high court, but he was instrumental in reviewing filings and preparing oral arguments, according to several lawyers intimately involved in the case.

Gay rights activists at the time described the court's 6-3 ruling as the movement's most important legal victory. The dissenting justices were those to whom Roberts is frequently likened for their conservative ideology: Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas . . . .

Roberts did not mention his work on the case in his 67-page response to a Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire, released Tuesday. The committee asked for "specific instances" in which he had performed pro bono work, how he had fulfilled those responsibilities, and the amount of time he had devoted to them.

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