Here’s some trivia to have on hand should you hear conservatives attack Democratic activist judges for court rulings supporting same-sex marriage. Following today’s Supreme Court decision in Iowa (previous post), Andrew Sullivan points out that several of the “activist judges” in states where the court ruled for marriage equality were appointed by Republicans. This includes Mark Cady who wrote the Iowa opinion.
Massachusetts (Goodridge, 2003) Margaret Marshall, appointed by Chief Justice Gov. Weld (R) in 1996, elevated to Chief by Gov. Cellucci (R);
in 1999 California (In re Marriage Cases, 2008) Ronald George, Chief Justice appointed by Gov. Wilson (R) in 1991, elevated to Chief by Gov. Wilson (R);
in 1996 Connecticut (Kerrigan, 2008) Richard Palmer, Associate Justice appointed by Gov. Weicker (Ind.); in 1993 — Note that Weicker was a Republican during his time in the House and Senate. He won the governorship as an independent.
And today, in Iowa (Varnum, 2009) Mark Cady, Associate Justice, appointed by Gov. Branstad (R) in 1998.
Via Sullivan’s trackbacks I also note that Good As You reports out that “The chief justice of the court, Marsha Ternus, was also a Brandstad appointee.”