NJ Dems nix gay black Supreme Court nominee

Timothy Kincaid

May 31st, 2012

According to the Washington Post, Bruce Harris was rejected by the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee:

Democrats who control the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned Harris’ lack of courtroom experience and vow to recuse himself from deciding gay marriage cases.

Harris says his prior support of gay marriage creates a perception that he would be biased on the issue.

The 61-year-old would have been the state’s third black justice and the court’s first openly gay jurist.

This is disappointing.

But while sad, it’s also an odd illustration of how politics works. In a display of partisanship, it was the Democrats who voted against – and the Republicans who voted for – the gay, black, marriage equality activist. In a weird way I guess that can be viewed as progress.

Kaleo

May 31st, 2012

Not disappointing at all if you live in New Jersey and have to suffer the effects of Christie’s policies each day. Everything he does is with calculated reason – and Harris’ recusal would have been one more tool against the civil rights we are fighting for. He set the tone kicking Wallace off the court – let’s not fool ourselves into thinking Christie serves anyone but himself.

Ryan

May 31st, 2012

Right, Kaleo. It’s no mystery why the Republicans voted for him. He would’ve been helping them out by recusing himself on gay marriage issues. The Democrats made the right call, here.

gar

June 1st, 2012

Sad all the way around.

As an aside, though, he bares a fascinating resemblance to Billy Strayhorn.

Lucrece

June 1st, 2012

Judge Walker had been stymied on his first nomination to the bench. If the Democrats had had their way the second time he was nominated (which included Nancy Pelosi, a fact she’ll no doubt shove under the rug), we would not have had a gay circuit judge striking down a marriage amendment as unconstitutional.

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