Gay or Straight?

California asks judges to reveal sexual orientation

The following are excerpts from a Feb. 24 article on the blog of The Weekly Standard. A link to the full story is provided below.

In order to make sure gays and lesbians are adequately represented on the judicial bench, the state of California is requiring all judges and justices to reveal their sexual orientation. The announcement was made in an internal memo sent to all California judges and justices.

“[The Administrative Office of the Courts] is contacting all judges and justices to gather data on race/ethnicity, gender identification, and sexual orientation,” reads an email sent by Romunda Price of the Administrative Office of the Courts. A copy of Price’s memo was obtained by The Weekly Standard 

“Providing complete and accurate aggregate demographic data is crucial to garnering continuing legislative support for securing critically needed judgeships,” Price writes.

The process of self-revealing one’s sexual orientation is an element of a now yearly process. “To ensure that the AOC reports accurate data and to avoid the need to ask all judges to provide this information on an annual basis, the questionnaire asks that names be provided. The AOC, however, will release only aggregate statistical information, by jurisdiction, as required by the Government Code and will not identify any specific justice or judge.”

Philip R. Carrizosa of the executive office of communications at the Judicial Council of California, the Administrative Office of the Courts, confirmed the authenticity of Price’s email regarding gender identification and sexual orientation…

“Yes, the e-mail is authentic and accurate,” Carrizosa confirmed in an email. “The original bill, which simply provided for 50 new judgeships, was amended in the Assembly in August 2006, to address concerns that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was not appointing enough women and minorities to the bench. In 2011, Senator Ellen Corbett expanded the reporting requirement to include gender identification and sexual orientation.”

To read the complete story in The Weekly StandardClick Here.

 

READER COMMENTS

Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 6:01 AM By Sandra
Oh goody, now rulings will be fair and represent the majority and the common good. Not!


Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 6:42 AM By Sawyer
It will soon be time to cross the border into a less silly and corrupted state.


Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 7:27 AM By JMJ
Homosexuals ARE NOT GAY, so this whole idea of calling them as such is a terrible sin as it insults normal people with Gay as their name or part of their name. Wake up people and be kind to your neighbor as Jesus tells us to do. +JMJ+


Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 7:28 AM By Gabriel Espinosa 
Sick, absolutely sick. The judges should respond by striking enmasse!


Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:19 AM By Laurette Elsberry
Hey, what an advancement: Affirmative Action for perverts. Will there be special considerations for subcategories like bisexuals, transsexuals, pederasts, pedophiles and sado-masochists? How about those with an “orientation” towards bestiality? Don’t forget an “orientation” towards necrophilia. Maybe they should recruit for pan-sexuality. That way every kind of pervert will be given an opportunity to accuse, judge, convict, and condemn those of us who are trying to obey God’s will. California is more corrupt every day. Time for the Big One to hit!.


Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:36 AM By Laurette Elsberry
Speaking of “poisoned water”, I think the California judiciary, legislature and governor’s office are offering this same “benefit” to the citizens of California.


Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 9:40 AM By NUTUNE
I DON’T KNOW-CAN THOSE JUDGES GET ALL THREE LETTERS IN THE RIGHT ORDER?


Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 9:49 AM By perryRinkle
Teddy Kennedy was called the last of the old lions-may not LOST of the old lions be gayer – AND his state’s abbreviated name-MASS be applied to the people who “love” there?


Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 9:52 AM By Ted
I left California in 2005, moving to Indiana. The contrast is nothing short of amazing. The state’s governor and legislature have acted responsibly in that they’ve maintained a balanced budget with a contingency fund for emergencies. The school systems, while far from perfect, are not mandated to teach that “gay is good”. In general, it’s affordable, the people are more than civil, and there is a sense of value for family that is fractured and broken in California. Sawyer, it was time to move years ago. The decent law abiding people of California, those who want opportunity rather than handouts, freedom instead of license, need to move out of there now. Protect your kids from buying into the garbage they’re being taught by the schools and society there. The weather here is not as good, and that’s the ONLY thing that’s not better than there. And I am speaking as a California native who moved to America and prefers it here. Keep your weather, and all the bad things, we don’t want it.


Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 10:27 AM By Abeca Christian
Wow this is crazy!


Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 11:40 AM By Kenneth M. Fisher
Sounds completely unconstitutional and should be treated as such. When Californians returned Moonbeam to the Governors position, it was like telling God we don’t want you anymore! If I was married and had a family, I would have left this stinking State long ago to protect them. God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher


Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 11:51 AM By MacDonald
@ Ted — “I am speaking as a California native who moved to America and prefers it here.” Very funny. So California is not part of America? You remind me of the ‘converts’ who say, “I used to be a Catholic, but now I’m a Christian.” California is part of America just as much as French Lick, Indiana, is. Or Santa Claus, Indiana, for that matter.


Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:23 PM By Anne T.
Yes, Abeca Christian this is crazy. “What fools these mortals be” as Will Shakespeare put it in one of his plays.This is absolutely laughable if it were not so horrific. There will be some who will lie about their orientation just to get a job. I suppose they will have to present a certificate of having performed a sodomous act on someone of the same sex to get the job. Oh! gheesh! I hope I did not give any crazy legislators any more wild ideas. PerryRinkle, Satan too is called a roaring lion going around to destroy the souls of men contrary to the savior of men, Jesus Christ, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. St. Michael defend us in battle. We need you NOW, and I do not mean the National Organization of Women, which is one of the chief proponents of some of this craziness.


Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:45 PM By Tom in San Jose
To MacDonald: Yes, California is part of America, or rather, the cultural outhouse of America. Clear enough?


Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 1:21 PM By MAC
Clean the CA House and Senate in all upcoming elections. They couldn’t do this if immoral goof-balls were not elected. And to MacDonald, you are right, the citizens of CA have been destorying our Country for the last 30 years – thanks for giving us Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, and Diane Fienstien – all immoral politicians. When are all you guys going to work for and donate money for the election of decent politicians ?


Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 7:57 PM By MacDonald
All this anti-California nonsense is crazy. Each state has good and bad, as does each person who writes on this blog. If someone hates their own state, that must be a miserable way to live. I’m grateful to reside in a place evangelized by Father Serra and his buds.


Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 11:40 PM By Clinton
In other words, so they can stack the courts in the favor of the rainbow mafia.


Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 11:59 PM By timon
ANN T. permit me a minor comment. “what fools these mortals be” is spoken by puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


Posted Thursday, March 01, 2012 2:49 AM By Abeca Christian
Yes Anne T, it’s shameful.


Posted Thursday, March 01, 2012 3:09 AM By Abeca Christian
Foot fetish or leg fetish? Fat or Slim? Polygamist or single? Vegetarian or Vegan? Crazy or normal? Animal lover or planet lover? The list goes on…the possibilities to the madness are there, open for future options. But this list is still far better than the what the reality is today, it’s more like “natural or unnatural! ” Unhealthy or healthy.


Posted Thursday, March 01, 2012 6:33 AM By tom amadeo
Brace yourselves,folks—soon,any and all comments that express anything contrary to homosexuals or their agenda will be regarded but the judiciary as “hate speech.”


Posted Thursday, March 01, 2012 7:30 AM By Nan
tom a. You are right. The Bible will be outlawed for hate speech against those who practice sodomy and other forms of perversion – if Obama gets re-elected. Not only will our freedom of religion be gone, but so will freedom of speech, and freedom of the press, and the right to assemble – unless you are a socialist or communist.


Posted Thursday, March 01, 2012 9:44 AM By Anne T.
Mac Donald, as a native Californian, there have been plenty of times that I felt like leaving. In fact there have been times when I have thought about leaving this country, but where would I go. Nevertheless, when I hear the beautiful names of the cities, such as San Bruno, San Jose, Santa Clara, Carmel, San Marin and San Francisco, I know there is hope for a turn around in all this, so I stay and fight it, remembering better times in this state. I also know that may who have helped destroy this state came in here from other states, and that one of the early friars predicted that would happen.


Posted Thursday, March 01, 2012 11:52 AM By Anne T.
That word should be “many” instead of “may” in the third row from the end.


Posted Thursday, March 01, 2012 12:14 PM By Dorothy
Anne T – try the town of Ave Maria in FL. Nothing is perfect but this is more moral than most of the State of CA, and their wicked politicians. The State of FL has a decent Government but we still have to get rid of one Democratic Senator (Nelson). Part of CA problems are due to the lack of active and correct teaching on the part of your Bishops – who allow too much Scandal and Sacrilege to continue. The other part is the continuous election and re-election of evil politicians.


Posted Thursday, March 01, 2012 2:50 PM By Dana
But Californians sure drive better than Floridians, Dorothy. Dorothy,you take your life in your hands every time you head out on the road in Florida…drivers don’t stop at stop lights,(of course, much of that is caused by the snow birds from NYC I’m sure) and there’s an open season on pedestrians all year long…especially in summer when they can’t move as fast in the heat. ha But I digress. What about the denizens of the Florida Keys, and the amazing statistics of STD in places like the Villages? This whole country is in peril..it just happens sooner in California because they’re more open to ‘CHANGE’. The small town where I live is one of the most conservative areas of the country (it is where both Bush’s & Reagan had their last political stops before the election) and the newspaper is as liberal as anything you’d read in the NYTimes because most of the newspapers in this country are owned by liberal elite millionaires. They are forcing their agenda down our throats and it really stinks!


Posted Thursday, March 01, 2012 3:01 PM By Laura
Very shortly, employers will be REQUIRED to hire a % of homosexuals to make sure they are “adequately represented” in their work force. @Tom Amadeo: I agree. For years I have been saying it will be legislated as hate speech, and here it comes. It will then be applied to Churches and pastors will no longer be able to speak against homosexuality. It’s a matter of time. The left is a majority in this State. Unless something drastic happens (which I doubt), this will come to pass.


Posted Thursday, March 01, 2012 3:37 PM By JLS
Dana, why are your conservative neighbors bothering with the local paper? Just let it go the way of the dinosaur.


Posted Thursday, March 01, 2012 8:25 PM By MacDonald
RANDY ENGELS about the town of Ave Maria, Florida: “The official religion practiced and promoted here is not traditional Catholicism but rather a Pentecostal-Charismatic fundamentalism with all the eccentricities and characteristics and dangers of a full-blown cult. The “Praise and Worship” services, Novos Ordo guitar Masses and bizarre healing services held at the Quasi-Parish of Ave Maria Oratory (the “healing services” were eventually banned inside the Oratory by the local Bishop) are not merely a variant on Catholicism, but a different religion altogether with a different theology of grace and salvation.” [Randy Engel is a prolife veteran of more than 40 years. Engel is the founder and Director of the U.S. Coalition for Life, the oldest pro-life research agency in the United States.]


Posted Friday, March 02, 2012 12:14 AM By MEL C.
I go to Mass at Ave Maria. This is mostly a very orthodox Catholic Town but being Catholic is not required to live here. People have a choice of OF or EF Masses DAILY as you can see on their web site. My Bishop didn’t ban anything at Ave Maria since there was no need to do so. MacDonald you said that you live in CA, so please don’t spread lies about this wonderful Parish and Town. The town also has 24 hour Eucharistic Adoration available to everyone which can also be proved by checking the Parish web site. Our Bishop is on the University Board of Directors. Priests for Life (Fr. Pavone) etc came to Ave Maria annually with our Bishop and the Schivo Family to pray on the anniversary of Terri’s death. (Be careful with Engels – she has no clue on this and doesn’t live in FL either.) Before you believe lies, check out the separate web sites for the Town, for the University (which is one of the few recommended by the Newman Society), and then come and visit. Beautiful town, wonderful people, great students who care. One of the Nuns who is frequently on EWTN children’s programs teaches at the Catholic High School. It’s a good thing that I’m not in charge or I would sue Engels for slander and defamation. Defamation violates the FL Constitution. ( On a different topic to show you one example, Engels Life Organization is so radical and many times FALSE that even Planned Parenthood sued them and won $100 MILLION dollars in damages, and its pretty hard to defame PP with their murderous activities. Engels personal radical and distorted views are why many have nothing to do with her organzation, and instead join other Pro-life groups like Priests for Life, Susan B. Anthony, 40 Days for Life, etc.) I’m not aware of any mostly Catholic Town in all of California, are you? You guys are the ones who elect evil.


Posted Friday, March 02, 2012 12:46 AM By BETTY
Although she is not always wrong (no one is always wrong), Engels is off the wall sometimes, especially when she does not investigate properly for accuracy. That is why people don’t join her organization any more like they used to – too many errors. Ave Maria is a great town, and Catholic for the most part. I know the Bishop of this Diocese very well, and he never banned anything at the Ave Maria Oratory. Satan – the father of lies – does not like Ave Maria and will do whatever he can to tarnish it – even using Engels to print falsehoods.


Posted Friday, March 02, 2012 2:37 AM By Lois of FL
Although originally doing a good job for many years, in the past several years, Ms. Engels has relied on statements which are hearsay, unsubstantiated, sensationalized or attributed to someone’s testimony which she takes verbatim. This is not good investigative reporting due to her lack of documentation, and causes great harm to the pro-life cause not to mention her own reputation. No such false allegations have taken place between our Bishop and Ave Maria.


Posted Friday, March 02, 2012 3:47 PM By Dana
Well, JLS, there is all the local news that keeps us subscribing to it…all the births, deaths, school lunch menus, and of course,the myriad political scandals like we have going right now. Also, they carry a Church section each week that lets a pastor write an outreach sermon, local church news etc. Our priest wrote a good article on the importance of observing fasting and alms giving during Lent…something this mostly protestant town does not do. Also, there are some really good letters to the editor, like the one written yesterday by a local Baptist minister who strongly objected to the recent healthcare mandate…it was almost written like a state seceding from the union. Many of our fellow Christians are really upset by what is going on…they must be watching Fox news?


Posted Saturday, March 03, 2012 6:29 AM By Beth
Since at least 50% of the population are women, will they get rid of a significant number of men and replace them with women? Percentage of physically disabled by sex? Percentage of those who have survived a serious desease such as cancer by sex? Shall we continue?


Posted Saturday, March 03, 2012 5:10 PM By Anne T.
Ted and all those in Indiana, I hope you are all okay. Our prayers are with you here in California. I do not know which is worse tornados or earthquakes. I guess I will stick with what I have now since my property has St. Benedict medals buried at the four cornors asking his intecession against earthquakes, and, believe me, I try not to use them superstitiously. I try to behave myself.

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