The first conservative group to pull its endorsement of John Robert's came today after revelations that he did pro bono work for a gay rights case.
These wingnut groups never cease to amaze me. Roberts was not advocating gay marriage. He wasn't advocating civil unions or adoption rights. No, these religious wingnuts are so bigoted that they pulled their support of Roberts merely because he was advocating not making it legal to discriminate against homosexuals. Here they are with their dream candidate on 99% of the issues, but yet they pull their support because Roberts argued that we should all be treated equal. Hmmm... this really does say a lot about these people.
Group withdraws its support for nominee Roberts
Conservatives cite his work in a gay rights case
By JESSE J. HOLLAND
WASHINGTON - A conservative group in Virginia said Tuesday that it was withdrawing its support for Supreme Court nominee John Roberts' confirmation because of his work helping overturn a Colorado referendum on gays.
The group, Public Advocate of the United States, is one of the first conservative organizations to announce anything but support for the judge
Eugene Delgaudio, the president of the group, said that he hopes his stance will prod others.
"I know that others feel the same way. I know they believe as I do. They're just not going to act," the northern Virginia man, 50, said. "But once I've done it, then they can't claim that no one's opposing Roberts."
"We can't take our limited resources and put it toward a candidate who is not a strict constructionist when we were told he is," Delgaudio said.
The stance by his group, which describes itself as a pro-family organization, puts it in opposition to conservative groups that have endorsed Roberts. A number of liberal groups already oppose President Bush's high court nominee.
The Colorado gay rights case involved Amendment 2, a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 1992 that would have barred laws, ordinances or regulations protecting gays from discrimination by landlords, employers or public agencies such as school districts.
Gay rights groups sued, and the U.S. Supreme Court declared the measure unconstitutional in a 6-3 ruling in 1996.
Roberts' role in the case included helping develop a strategy and firing tough questions during a mock court session at Jean Dubofsky, a former Colorado Supreme Court justice who argued the case on behalf of the gay rights plaintiffs.