Skip to comments.Same-sex rite stalls judge nomination
Posted on 10/06/2006 10:01:32 AM PDT by King of Florida
WASHINGTON - A Republican senator is holding up a Michigan judge's nomination to the federal bench because she reportedly helped lead a commitment ceremony for a lesbian couple four years ago.
Sen. Sam Brownback (news, bio, voting record) of Kansas, an opponent of gay marriage who has presidential aspirations, said Friday he wants to know whether there was anything illegal or improper about the ceremony in Massachusetts.
He also said he wants to question Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Janet T. Neff about her views on gay marriage and how her actions might shape her judicial philosophy.
"It seems to speak about her view of judicial activism," Brownback said. "That's something I want to inquire of her further."
The Senate Judiciary Committee last week approved Neff's nomination for a seat on the U.S. District Court in Michigan's Western District. Her nomination is now pending before the full Senate.
A single senator can block a nomination from moving forward by placing a hold on it.
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Why is Bush nominating somebody like this anyway? Go Brownback.
My sentiments exactly. Oh, the sleazy world of politics. You rub my back and I'll rub yours.
Sounds like a Clintonesque appointee.