Another tragic ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has added a new date that will live in infamy: June 26, 2015. It joins the Roe v Wade decision of Jan. 22, 1973, as another tragic ruling. As was the case with the legalization of abortion, the court has managed to discover another undreamed-of “right” in the U.S. Constitution, one that perverts and cheapens the millennia-old tradition of marriage between a man and a woman – which was how God designed it.

The full ramifications of this decision cannot even be imagined at this point, but none of them will be good. I would like to focus, however, on a little-known aspect of it.

Section 455 of the United States Code governs when federal judges (and Supreme Court justices) should recuse themselves from hearing a case. A judge/justice “shall disqualify himself,” reads the section, “in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.”

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan, both of whom joined in the majority opinion, officiated — as Supreme Court justices — at same-sex weddings over the last year or so. That left little doubt as to their “impartiality” in this case, so they should have disqualified themselves from hearing it.

Had the decision gone the other way, imagine the uproar that would have ensued had it been shown that two conservative members of the Supreme Court had addressed traditional marriage groups. But Ginsburg and Kagan each got a pass. The well-known liberal double standard appears to be alive and well, even in the highest court of the land.

Doug Kneibert


Sedalia Democrat
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