In the March to LGBT Equality in Employment, the Judiciary Is Slow, but Some Like it That Way

Posted: June 23, 2014 in homosexuality, legal / law, politics
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This came out only five days ago (June 18 — I’m almost caught up!! (but I took Sunday off)): “Judicial Appointments of Homosexuals Surge.” It was written by Leo Hohmann, a freelance journalist.

I think before I delve into this, some numbers are important. If all courts are filled (and they rarely are because the Senate these days takes forever to confirm), there are 874 Federal judgeships in the US. That’s a lot. Looking through the list of who has appointed how many, each president since Roosevelt has appointed an average of 206 jurists, the fewest being Ford at 65, the most Reagan at 384. Obama has done 218, over 100 fewer than his two predecessors, but more than Bush I (who only served 1 term).

For those whose eyes glaze over at math, that’s a lot of judges. And it seems like we get complete turn-over once every maybe 20-30 years. Estimates are that the world population is very very very roughly 5% homosexual. With that in mind, one would expect – all things being equal – that about 44 of the Federal judges are homosexual. One would expect each president, on average, to appoint 10.

And yet: “Obama even boasted at a fundraiser this week for homosexual issues, “Before I took office, only one openly gay judge had been confirmed in history. We have 10 more.””

Seems to me that’s a good thing, he’s just following the average trend. A “surge” from zero (or one), meaning we’ve gone from discrimination to average representation, does not seem to be particularly egregious. President Obama may be emphasizing his numbers to try to score political points that he’s being fair rather than a bigot, but 10 hardly is over-the-top.

Somehow, though, that escapes any mention in this article by Leo Hohmann. Or by the 217 comments (so far). I don’t think it’s worth getting into the comments on this one, I’m pretty sure you can guess what they say.

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