Monday, March 9, 2015

Ryan Anderson doesn't like corporations trying to influence SCOTUS

Ryan T. Anderson
But amicus briefs from conservative Catholics are just fine I suppose.

379 major companies signed on to an amicus brief for the Supreme Court in advance of its deliberations in the marriage cases which are scheduled for oral argument on April 28. Ryan T. Anderson, a professional Defender of the Faith is not pleased. According to Anderson:
There is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that requires the states to redefine marriage, and big business should not lobby the Supreme Court to say otherwise.

Mr. Anderson signed onto an amicus brief in United States v. Windsor (along with Robert P. George and Sherif Girgis). I guess that it was OK for them to lobby the Court. The Supreme Court has consolidated six cases from four states on the issue of marriage equality. Amicus briefs opposing equality will start flowing in shortly. The same religious people who submitted briefs in Windsor are likely to make the same porous arguments about complimentarity and procreative marriage in the current cases. Anderson will probably be one of those.

Anderson continues:
That so many big businesses are lobbying the court, though, puts to rest the claim that gays and lesbians are a politically powerless ‘suspect class’ that is in need of special protections from the court. The debate about marriage should be worked out democratically, not cut short by the court.
Put to rest? Actually we are seeing the repeal of anti-discrimination laws protecting gay people in places like Fayetteville, Arkansas. There are efforts to put similar repeals on the ballot in Houston, Texas; Springfield, Missouri and several other cities. Several states have bills in progress that would permit businesses to discriminate against LGBT citizens in public accommodations. Mr. Anderson is part of an endeavor to take away rights from LGBT citizens. Anderson's efforts have the full backing of the mighty Catholic Church.

As for what the Court should, or should not, do — that ship has sailed. The issue is now limited to equal protection and due process.

Mr. Anderson has run out of arguments. Even bad arguments.

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