"Senator questions judge's role in lesbian wedding" joke
Sen. Sam Brownback, who wants to champion social conservatives in the presidential race, said Tuesday he wants a Senate panel to re-question a judicial nominee who attended a same-sex union ceremony.
Brownback, a Kansas Republican, said he wants Michigan state judge Janet Neff to testify about her role in the 2002 Massachusetts ceremony, her legal views on same-sex unions and her ability to be impartial if called upon to rule on such cases.
Neff's nomination to a federal district court is among a dozen or so now stalled in the Senate, a logjam in part due to Brownback's questions about Neff's attendance at a lesbian commitment ceremony. The Senate Judiciary Committee has already approved her nomination.
"I don't want to come across as an intolerant, reactionary douchebag with the mental capacity of an amoeba, " Brownback said before a lunch with potential donors and supporters in Davenport, adding, "oops, sorry, what I meant to say was I DO want to come across as an intolerant, reactionary douchebag with the mental capacity of an amoeba."
Neff has said she attended the commitment ceremony as a friend of one of the two women, a longtime neighbor.
She insisted in an October 12 letter to Brownback that the ceremony had no legal effect and would not influence her ability to act fairly as a federal judge.
Brownback was quoted as saying'Her treating her neighbor as a human being after discovering her lesbianism just shows how out of touch she is with the type of morons that vote for me. It's not that we have anything against lesbians as people. Far from it. Ask yourself this question: if women are allowed to marry other women how will losers like me and the schmucks who vote for me be able to convince women to sleep with us? This is necessary for the propagation of the species."
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