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More about ‘liberal’ Judge Heyburn

Timothy Kincaid

February 13th, 2014

Yesterday U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II ruled that Kentucky’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages from other states violates the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection clause.

Immediately, the antigay ranting voices started screaming about liberal activist judges.

Family Foundation of Kentucky (Courier-Journal)

Martin Cothran, an analyst for the Family Foundation of Kentucky, said the decision “puts Kentucky voters on notice that if their reasons for defining marriage as between a man and a woman don’t correspond with the political ideology of liberal judges, their votes don’t count.”

National Organization for Marriage

“Today yet another federal judge has entered the competition for lawlessness on the marriage front,” said Brian Brown, NOM President.

Family Research Counsel’s Tony Perkins

This ruling is another example of the deep betrayal of a judicial system infected with activist judges who are legislating from the bench.

So here’s a bit more about ‘lawless liberal activist’ Judge Heyburn from his bio:

From 1976 until his appointment to the bench, Judge Heyburn was associated with the law firm of Brown, Todd & Heyburn, where he was a partner at the firm from 1982 through 1992. His legal practice focused on civil litigation, with an emphasis on problems within the construction industry. Judge Heyburn also served as special counsel to then Jefferson County Judge Executive Mitch McConnell [who went on to be conservative Republican Senator McConnell]. Judge Heyburn was active in civic and political affairs in Kentucky. He was a delegate to the 1984 and 1988 Republican National Convention.

On March 20, 1992, President Bush nominated Judge Heyburn to the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. He was confirmed by the United States Senate in August, 1992. From December, 2001, to December, 2008, Judge Heyburn served as Chief Judge of the Western District of Kentucky.

(hat tip GoodAsYou)



Bose in St. Peter MN
February 13th, 2014 | LINK

It still amazes me that the anti-gay discrimination-by-amendment experiment, at the ripe ol’ age of 15, is on life support and set to fail before it reaches adulthood.

Ben In Oakland
February 13th, 2014 | LINK

How dare you question their narrative about liberal judges!

February 13th, 2014 | LINK


Chris McCoy
February 13th, 2014 | LINK

No doubt if you point out his Republican credentials, they will merely proclaim him Republican In Name Only, thereby committing the “No True Scotsman” fallacy.

February 14th, 2014 | LINK

“He was a delegate to the 1984 and 1988 Republican National Convention.”

As a Canadian, I am somewhat shocked that in the US a judge would include his partisan political activity in his own bio as if it did not diminish his apparent qualifications as a judge. And here the bio cites not an elected office everybody knows the judge once held that in any case gives him arguably relevant experience, but some obscure tidbit that could easily have been ignored and forgotten.

Sure, cynical commentators in many countries like to point out when judges were previously active politicians, but this is the judge’s own bio. I guess it comes with the territory where US judges are required to run for office just like other politicians.

February 15th, 2014 | LINK

Chris, the Religious Right regularly commits the same fallacy when they dismiss the many Christians that are supportive of gay marriage or abortion rights.

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