Friday, February 8, 2019
Rao has been nominated to replace Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. During her hearing, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker subjected her to an unconstitutional line of questioning, focused entirely on her personal, religious opinions about marriage. Booker’s queries implied that, if Rao could be shown to hold the personal belief that marriage is a life-long relationship between a man and a women, she would be unfit to serve in public office.
To tee up his accusations, he brought up an article Rao wrote in 2008 about the Supreme Court decision Lawrence v. Texas, in which she wrote that the decision “eschewed older traditions in favor of an emerging awareness of the meaning and the scope of liberty.” The senator asked Rao directly: “Are gay relationships in your opinion immoral?” When Rao replied that she did not see how this was relevant to her fitness as a judge, he repeated the question, without bothering to identify how such an inquiry was relevant.
I thought it would take ten years before we went from Obergefell to actually requiring that you thought that gay marriage was really marriage, that is, to not permitting full civil rights to people who held religious views that being a practicing homosexual was morally wrong. Instead, it seems to have taken about two years. That is weird, scary and also strangely amusing in a disturbing sort of way.
It is not that easy to relocate to NZ, in case you're wondering.