DADT Judge Virginia A. Phillips Is No ‘Activist’

Colleagues of Judge Virginia A. Phillips have pushed back hard against the accusation by right wing activists who are trying to smear her.

The ruling, issued Thursday, was quickly dismissed by gay rights opponents, who labeled Phillips an “activist” judge.

“Once again, homosexual activists have found a judicial activist that will aid in the advancement of their agenda,” Tony Perkins, president of social conservative Family Research Council, said in a statement.

Oh, how typical of those conservative activist, like Tony Perkins, to smear any judicial officers who dare to follow the constitution in opposition to their desire to keep oppressing other Americans they happen to dislike. Judge Virginia Phillips’ colleagues have a different take.

But Judge Phillips is anything but an ideologue, said Arthur Littleworth, her mentor at the Best, Best & Krieger law firm early in her career. “She is balanced,” he said.

Mr. Littleworth recalled being impressed with the quality of a “scholarly treatise” that Judge Phillips wrote on the power of the federal government in a major water-rights case, and noted that “now, in this current case, she held for the rights of the individual.”

I like this quote from the NY Times article, as well.

Erwin Chemerinsky, the dean of the University of California, Irvine, law school, called the decision “stunning in its thoroughness,” and lauded the judge’s “careful job of explaining why don’t ask, don’t tell violates both due process and the First Amendment.”

That “activist judge” is just “stunning in her thoroughness,” huh, Tony Perkins?

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