A routine order issued by the Louisiana State Supreme Court on Tuesday transformed into a “opinion melee” among four of the court’s members,
The opinion of the court in Costanza v. Caldwell is a three-page order acknowledging that the Supreme Court has ruled that “the State of Louisiana may not bar same-sex couples from the civil effects of marriage on the same terms accorded to opposite-sex couples.” but onnce again haters had to hate and four separate opinions were written by the court’s members with one of whom claimed that he is not obligated to follow the United States Supreme Court’s decisions.
From Media Matter:
Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll, while conceding her obligation to follow the Supreme Court’s decision, wrote separately to complain about the “horrific impact these five lawyers have made on the democratic rights of the American people to define marriage and the rights stemming by operation of law there from.”
That prompted Justice John Weimer to retort that it is not a judge’s job to “point out what, in my view, the law should be.”
But it was Justice Jefferson D.
Cornpone Hughes, III, who dissented from the court’s conclusion that it actually must comply by stating that “Judges instruct jurors every week not to surrender their honest convictions merely to reach agreement,” Hughes began. “I cannot do so now.”
Hughes’s cites no authorities and provides no legal arguments in support of his position. But has no problem suggesting that the reason for his opinion is that gay parents are pedophiles. “This case involves an adoption,” he writes, adding that “[t]he most troubling prospect of same sex marriage is the adoption by same sex partners of a young child of the same sex.”
Both Hughes and Tony Perkins, President of the anti-gay hate group the Family Research Council both ran together on the Republican ticket in the 2002 Louisianan State election.