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US Senate confirms radical gay activist as federal judge!

Sen. Scott Brown and other Republicans vote "yes"

POSTED: July 28, 2011

You can't make this stuff up.

Massachusetts US Sen. Scott Brown and over two dozen other Senate Republicans voted on July 18 to confirm J. Paul Oetken, an "out" homosexual activist, as US District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

Oetken is the first "out" homosexual, to be put on the federal bench, and has a history of radical activism.  

J. Paul Oetken answers questions

Joining Brown in voting "yes" were John McCain and 26 other Republicans, along with all of the Democrats. See the 80-13 roll call vote HERE

In Brown's case, it indicates his continuing leftward slide, following his vote last December to repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (and thus homosexualize the US military). And it is clearly another victory for the Obama administration, which has placed over 200 active homosexuals in various federal positions.

Oetken's extremely disturbing background

From a traditional values perspective, it would be hard to imagine a more unsavory candidate for a federal judgeship.

As Attorney Frank J. Bleckwenn recently reported in WorldNetDaily regarding Oetken:

Oetken's background telegraphs sympathy and support for liberal judicial activism and a strong, almost obsessive, devotion to homosexual causes.

  • Support for ENDA and overturning of Prop 8. For nine years Oetken has been a member of the liberal American Constitution Society, which supports "the struggle for LGBT equality" including the "Employment Non-Discrimination Act" (ENDA) and the judicial overturning of the Proposition 8 vote in California.
  • Assisted suicide. He authored an article in defense of a lower court's striking down a federal ban on the use of controlled substances to assist suicide.
  • Overturn sodomy laws. He co-authored an amicus brief on behalf of the National Gay and Lesbian Law Association challenging the constitutionality of the Texas law banning homosexual sodomy.
  • Member of multiple radical groups. In his Senate questionnaire he reports his memberships (past or present) in Lambda Legal, the ACLU LGBT Project, the Human Rights Campaign, DOJ Pride, GAYLAW (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Attorneys of Washington), and the National LGBT Bar Association. (Lambda Legal supports same-sex marriage and "transgender rights," as do the ACLU's LGBT Project, and HRC.)
  • Litigated for LGBT issues. Among his 10 "most significant litigated matters," Oetken lists two cases challenging bans on homosexual sex acts.
  • Speeches for LGBT issues. Of the four speeches he lists in his questionnaire, at least three had to do with sodomy laws and/or LGBT issues.

Bleckwenn observes that Oetken is the first "out gay" to be put on the federal courts. Being an unabashedly "out gay" says some important things. For one thing, Oetken considers homosexual sex acts to be normal, and personally finds the idea attractive. As Oetken wrote in his Supreme Court brief in Lawrence v. Texas, "what is fundamental to the nature of homosexuals ... is that they desire a sexual and emotional attachment to a person of the same gender ..." For another, he thinks sexual proclivities of this sort are not something to be ashamed of. And, crucially for his potential role as a judge, Oetken necessarily rejects millennia of teachings on sexual morality.

Will we be seeing more of these flying on federal courthouses?

Furthermore, as someone who rejects traditional sexual values, he is likely as well to harbor animosity toward the proponents of traditional sexual morality, deeming as "bigots" any churches and synagogues - or their members - that adhere to the traditional understanding of man-woman relations. Surely, he would find DOMA unconstitutional.

Huge sell-out by Republicans

If you think the sell-out by Republicans in the New York "gay marriage" vote was an anomaly, think again. This is starting to look like the beginning of a horrible trend.

Not too long ago it would have been utterly unthinkable for a person like Oetken to be seriously considered for any judgeship at all, much less a lifetime appointment to the Federal bench.

Brown, McCain, and the others have unquestionably sold out not only the pro-family movement but any conservative constituency they may have had. Both Brown and McCain in particular courted the conservatives in their recent election fights. But that's all over. Voting to confirm Oetken is a message to the rest of us that they consider appeasing the Obama administration and the liberal fringe more important than anything else.

That was then, this is now. . .
Newly elected U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (right) has breakfast with Tea Party and conservative activists in South Boston, Feb. 20, 2010. [MassResistance photo]