Monday, June 09, 2008

Judge Graves Concerned About Homosexual Agenda In Changes to Code of Judicial Conduct

Oklahoma City District Judge Bill Graves has spoken out on proposed changes to the Oklahoma Code of Judicial Conduct stating:
"These policies are not based on laws enacted by Congress or the State Legislature, but on proposals of the liberal, pro-homosexual American Bar Association,"
A link to his letter to the Oklahoma Bar Association Bench & Bar Committee is HERE. A link to coverage of the letter is in the Journal of the American Bar Association is HERE. A link to Associated Press coverage of the letter can be found HERE.

This is really not a new subject. Other versions of the same issue have been playing out for months or even years. The Court Clerk of the Cherokee Nation has been involved in rancorous litigation concerning an improperly granted Cherokee same-sex marriage license for several years. A Tulsa Judge resigned from the bench after mistakenly granting a same sex divorce that generated litigation currently before the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Similar legal battles have been going on across the nation in other states for the past several years.

Last week, so many California court employees in some counties voiced objection to performing or participating in so called gay civil marriages that some of those counties have said they cannot offer the "reasonable accommodation" these religious employees are legally entitled to. While there is almost certain to be lengthy and rancorous litigation on this issue, an adverse ruling by the California courts will mean that religious employees of the California court system who cannot in good conscience participate in so called "gay marriages" will be excluded from employment. In short, there will be a defacto religious test for California court employees.

Further, some California county governments are reportedly making plans to cease performing marriages or issuing licenses. This is also not new. Religious leaders of the Cherokee Nation, facing the same situation last year, proposed a referendum rescinding the power of the Cherokee tribal government to grant marriage licenses if the Cherokee Courts rule in favor of gay marriage.

Seventy six percent of Oklahoma voters voiced disapproval of so called gay marriage by voting for Oklahoma's Defense of Marriage Act and related marriage amendment. Under most people's understanding of democratic government by majority rule, that should have been the end of the issue. However, in Lawrence v. Texas, the United States Supreme Court effectively said that the will of the people is not a consideration when it comes to the homosexual agenda holding:

...the fact that the governing majority in a State has traditionally viewed a particular practice as immoral is not a sufficient reason for upholding a law prohibiting the practice...
Frightening words. Very frightening words. In a letter to Thomas Ritchie, Dec. 25, 1820 Thomas Jefferson said:

“A judiciary independent of a king or executive alone, is a good thing; but independence of the will of the nation is a solecism (mistake or absurdity), at least in a republican government.”

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Related Posts:

Comments Before OBA Bench & Bar Committee Regarding the Proposed Code of Judicial Conduct. Link HERE.

Judge Bill Graves - Connect the Dots. Link HERE.

Judge Bill Graves - Connect the Dots Part II. Link HERE.


Blogger Jimmie Dale Martin, Blogmaster said...

Judge Graves and I worked for the original EK Gaylord back when the Oklahoman had morality.
He occupied the desk next to mine in the advertising sales roon while he was in law school. He is a great and honorable man, lawyer and judge and friend forever.
Godspeed Judge.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Bill Kumpe said...

I agree Jimmie. Judge Graves has been a hero to a lot of us in the pro-family movement for years thanks to his work in the legislature.


12:44 PM  

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