PHOTO: a celebratory confection that we shared with friends on Marriage Equality Day, June 26, 2015
Appointed by George Bush, Jr. to the Supreme Court and as Chief Justice, John Roberts had the chance to rise above partisan ideology and build a legacy as an excellent jurist. However, on Friday, June 26, 2015, he joined three of his right-wing Republican Supreme Court colleagues, ideologues all, on the train to the wrong side of history with his silly dissent opposing marriage equality. Any law student knows that constitutional guarantees of fundamental rights, equal protection and due process to members of minorities cannot be voted on...they are not subject to the whims of the electorate. Yet Roberts penned a dissent full of legal crocodile tears over the supposed denial of the democratic process inherent in the beautifully-crafted and legally sound majority decision affirming marriage equality. Shame on the the Chief Justice who knows better but let ideology trump sound legal thinking. His dissent Friday, along with Citizens United and other poorly decided cases under his tenure, will insure his place in history as one of the lesser lights to hold the highest judicial position in the United States.