Roberts Worked Pro-Bono for Gay Rights Case

Uh oh. That noise you hear is the shrieks of the far-right.

Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. worked behind the scenes for gay rights activists, and his legal expertise helped them persuade the Supreme Court to issue a landmark 1996 ruling protecting people from discrimination because of their sexual orientation.

Then a lawyer specializing in appellate work, the conservative Roberts helped represent the gay rights activists as part of his law firm’s pro bono work. He did not write the legal briefs or argue the case before the high court, but he was instrumental in reviewing filings and preparing oral arguments, according to several lawyers intimately involved in the case.

LA Times: Roberts Donated Help to Gay Rights Case

This also has created some interesting reactions on the left. Some are praising him for his work, and are now supporting him. Others are decrying the fact that Roberts didn’t put forward this work himself, suggesting that he is ashamed of the work he did. The only impression I get is that he’s a darn good lawyer, and not one to let personal politics get in the way of his work. Is that not what he will be required to do as a Supreme Court Justice?

BoiFromTroy chimes in with a humorous headline: Roberts’ Pro-Homo Pro-Bono.

Meanwhile, the New York Times has launched an investigation into the adoption records of Mr. Roberts’ children. Hoping to find what, exactly? According to the New York Times, they were looking for “irregularities.”

Comments

  1. says

    The entire purpose for releasing this now is to make the far-right shriek, but they’re not falling for it. They know that any Bush nominee will be assailed by the Looney Left, and, as you say, this was just an example of a good lawyer being a good lawyer.

    As for attempting to use the adoption of his children against him, does that not say something about who the real enemy is?

  2. says

    Mr. Stricklin is right. This was meant to bait the right, but for the most part they’re not taking it.

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