Randy Thomasson Takes his Wackiness to Court

Timothy Kincaid

June 12th, 2008

thomasson.gifJudges must shudder when they see the Campaign for Children and Families heading their way. Their filings are much more about public display and appeal to donors than they are about the law.

Consider the most recent bit of nonsense.

The Campaign for Children and Families is asking the San Francisco-based 1st District Court of Appeal to block county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, arguing that the Legislature needs time to change various laws regulating marriages in California.

Say what?

Well here’s the logic of CCF’s Randy Thomasson: because the Supreme Court directed the District Court of Appeal to administer the ruling, then they can just ignore the Supreme Court’s effective date and decide on their own to hold everyone up until they get around to it some time in the distant future.

Ummm. Nope.

The 1st District is bound by Supreme Court precedent, but Randy Thomasson, the campaign’s president, said the appeals court must step in and “prevent the legal chaos of same-sex marriages about to erupt in California.” Any decision from the 1st District can be appealed to the state Supreme Court.

Now Randy isn’t the brightest tool in the shed, but even he should be able to see that District courts don’t rank over Supreme courts.

Civil rights lawyers dismissed the legal move as “frivolous.”

“This is a nonevent,” said Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. “It will have no effect.”

But Randy got his name in print again. And now some judge has to read this crap and pretend like it is a legitimate filing.


June 12th, 2008

What the gay organizations should do is file a complaint with the district court to have Thomason and his attorneys sanctioned for filing this frivilous suit.

Emily K

June 12th, 2008

I heard that there are so many gay couples that want to get married in CA that there will be about a $12 billion economic boom as a result.

Money talks – and I think in this case, people will listen to the money.

Ben in Oakland

June 13th, 2008

Do you think Randy is trying to find some activist judges to impose their will on the state of californuia?

Martin Lanigan

June 13th, 2008

Ben in Oakland:

Doncha know? A judge is only an “activist judge” when she rules against your position.

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