Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The Wrong Kind of Judicial Blindness

From Maggie Gallagher:

"These are four guys [judges in Nebraska] who went to law school, and they don't have a clue what they are talking about when it comes to marriage. These four judges said what is to me the most amazingly ignorant thing. They said, 'Government creates marriage.' That is just the wrong model. Marriage is a social institution. It is much older than the government of the United States. To get some idea of how ignorant that is, what would you think of a judge -- a supposedly educated person -- who said that government created motherhood? You know, we have laws about parenting, but fundamentally this is something older and deeper than government."

This floors me. What is the limit of judicial arrogance? None, apparently. Or are these people THAT blind? I know that Justice is supposed to be blind, hence the symbol of the blindfolded woman holding the scales. But this kind of blindness? It's some sort of blinkered mindset which cannot see the past before the 20th century.