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06/26/2006

You be the judge, gays: Ehrlich doesn't judge gay judge because he's gay

by Jeremy Hooper

   Already under "pro-family" fire for terminating a public official because of his gay-unfriendly comments, Maryland's Republican governor, Robert L. Ehrlich (pic.), has appointed openly gay judge Christopher Panos to the bench of the Baltimore District Court. And while orientation should obviously have no bearing in the decision to begin with, it's a near certainty that all of the usual gay-unfriendly suspects will have something to say about Panos' appointment. In fact, the always outspoken Del. Don Dwyer has already told the Baltimore Sun:

"I am dismayed and in total disbelief that the governor would appoint a gay judge" ..."I certainly hope he knows what he's doing in light of the upcoming elections in November."

Though considering this is the same Del. Don Dwyer who tried to impeach a judge for casting a gay-friendly ruling with which he didn't agree, one should really be careful in soliciting his opinion on homo-centric judicial matters. Hell, a judge merely saying the word "gay" dismays and disappoints this one!

Getting back to Ehrlich, however -- the governor unfortunately does support a gay marriage-banning amendment, so he's really not on our side every step of the way. Though here's hoping that Gov. Ehrlich will come around over the next few months and realize that his latest judicial appointment is just as worthy of legal right-laden love as the hetero robe-wearers to whom he's given the nod. But if not, well, who the hell cares? After all, we now have someone else on the inside to carry out the "judicial activism" portion of our militant "homosexual agenda!"

Cue religious right outrage.

Ehrlich names gay to bench [Balt. Sun]

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