October 30, 2009

Interview With Judge in Texas Gay Divorce Case

Recently, we posted about a story in Dallas, TX where a judge ruled that banning same-sex marriage violated the equal protection clause of the U. S. Constitution (duh!). The Dallas Voice interviewed her about how she approached the case and how she has dealt with the backlash (hat tip to PageOneQ). Here's an excerpt:

“I was sitting at my dining room table and I was thinking, I’ve got to make this decision, I’ve got to rip this Band-Aid off and I’ve got to make this decision,” Callahan said, adding that she wasn’t struggling with the constitutional principle behind the ruling, but with the backlash she was sure to face.

“My dad always used to tell me that a billion people can believe in a bad idea, and it’s still a bad idea. And that man taught me to have the courage of my convictions and to do what’s right

— it’s always the right time to do the right thing. And as I’m sitting there and all this is going through my head, I’m looking at the back of this bag, and I went, ‘Oh my God, I just got my answer.’

“‘Let us have faith that right makes might,’” Callahan said, reading from the back of the bag, “and in that faith, let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it. — Abraham Lincoln.”

“I do my duty,” Callahan said. “That’s what you elected me to do.”

As Callahan concluded her brief remarks, fellow members of Stonewall Democrats of Dallas gave her a standing ovation, just as they had when she took the microphone.

"It's always the right time to do the right thing," now that's a keeper!

Click here to read the rest of the Dallas Voice story.

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