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Ohio lawmaker wants federal judge impeached for same-sex marriage rulings

Monday, September 23, 2013

An Ohio state lawmaker wants the U.S. Congress to impeach a federal judge who ordered state officials to recognize the same-sex marriages of a deceased man and another terminally ill man on their death certificates.

John Becker Ohio

John Becker

State Rep. John Becker (R-Union Township) is calling on Republican Congressman Brad Wenstrup to initiate impeachment proceedings in the U.S. House against federal Judge Timothy S. Black, calling his rulings “malfeasance and abuse of power.”

Black has issued a temporary restraining order effective through December 31, preventing state authorities from recording John Arthur, who’s dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, as “single” on his death certificate in the event he dies before the court can consider his challenge to Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Arthur and his husband James Obergefell, who married in Maryland in July, have sued to have their marriage recognized in their home state before Arthur’s death so they can be listed as spouses on his death certificate and be buried next to each other on a family plot, located at a cemetery that only allows descendants and spouses.

Black scheduled oral arguments in the case for Dec. 18.

In a similar ruling earlier this month, Black ordered that a recently deceased man also be listed on his death certificate as married. William Herbert Ives and David Michener married in Delaware on July 22; Ives died unexpectedly in late August.

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Becker said Black “has demonstrated his incompetence by allowing his personal political bias to supersede jurisprudence,” and told Wenstrup he is concerned “about the federal government’s ever growing propensity to violate state sovereignty.”

Becker said impeaching the judge for his marriage rulings would “begin the process of restoring state sovereignty back to the original intent of the US Constitution.”

Since federal judges are appointed for life, the only way to remove a judge from the bench is for the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach them, followed by a trial and conviction in U.S. Senate.

“Judge Black’s ruling violated the Ohio Constitution and the will of Ohio voters, the question of whether this decision also violated the U.S. Constitution remains before a higher court,” said Wenstrup, signaling he is unlikely to pursue Becker’s reccomendation

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  1. K, so when you coming out, bro?

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:27pm
  2. Some people deserve to have their hate concentrated and fed to them.

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:28pm
  3. I want him impeached for being a moron!

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:30pm
  4. More a bigot + a moron.

    Replied on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 11:07pm
  5. Asshole plus small minded Idiot.

    Replied on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 7:45am
  6. Does this man have nothing better to do with his time? What about working on some job creation?

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:32pm
  7. I’m honestly surprised this guy isn’t from Florida.

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:32pm
  8. I am from Florida. We are doing our hardest here to pass same sex marriage and get rid of our corrupted Governor.

    Replied on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 4:04am
  9. *facepalm* It was mostly a comment on how many utterly stupid, illogical and flat out absurd news stories come out of florida be it about the people who run it or the people in general.

    Replied on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 4:36am
  10. People like this make me sick. Grow the heck up and get a real life. Don’t judge others until you can look at your own imperfections asshole!!!!

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:34pm
  11. Gross!! He is filth!!! I’m sorry but his best bet, well u can’t say, it’s not nice!! Ok…suicide!!! Waste of air!!

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:35pm
  12. Yes and his imperfections are neck up. Inside and out!!!

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:35pm
  13. Can’t you let a dying couple have some peace on their deathbeds. How evil you must be spend so much time trying to hurt two innocent people who’s only crime was to love each other.

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:38pm
  14. Eh, he can go screw himself. What an ass wipe!

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:39pm
  15. ASSHOLE!

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:41pm
  16. So this ‘man’ effectively wants to beat down on a dying man. Oh, I bet he feels so-ooo proud of himself! The sooner the US, no, make that ALL countries, separate religion from politics the better.

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:42pm
  17. I want his nuts removed… this piece of slim should NEVER breed.

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:42pm
  18. He’s a special kind of asshole.

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:42pm
  19. These vile right wing extremists know no bounds. Dispicable.

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:43pm
  20. No good deed goes unpunished! This guy is doing whats right and the hate-mongers are attacking him.

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:43pm
  21. the judge did the right thing!!!

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:45pm
  22. when do I get a vote on his marriage? Another blooming idiot.

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:46pm
  23. Fuck him

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:48pm
  24. dumb republicans . Get over it ..HELLO DOMA is gone

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:50pm
  25. Is this guy a MORON?

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:59pm
  26. Morons from my home state always bum me out…you’re making us look bad!

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 9:02pm
  27. These bastards are such a Joke….

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 9:03pm
  28. well Mistah Lawmaker…you are over-ruled…says I….:)

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 9:05pm
  29. Evil comes in all forms.

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 9:09pm
  30. He needs to seriously think about what Jesus would do.

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 9:13pm
  31. He’s old enough that his wants won’t hurt him !

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 9:22pm
  32. I just can’t get by the hatred that some of these people show toward others. Most are elected to protect everyone’s rights not just their own and those like them. This guy is a bigot pure and simple and yet he gets elected.

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 9:24pm
  33. you know this man gets on his knees once in awhile…prob in front of little boys.. bugger off!

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 9:37pm
  34. Another reason why I’m embarrassed to live in this state.

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 9:39pm
  35. THIS GUY IS SUCH A RETARD

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 9:50pm
  36. Yeah, go ahead. Not only will you continue to prove that you’re homophobic, but it won’t work, because the Senate won’t convict him even if you succeed in impeaching him!

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 9:52pm
  37. Idiot

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 9:55pm
  38. eh…………………………….. idiot

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 9:59pm
  39. lordy

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 10:01pm
  40. What an absolute ass!

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 10:06pm
  41. This man obviously has too much time on his hands. Time to reconsider how we pay politicians.

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 10:08pm
  42. good lord….

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 10:10pm
  43. impeach him for not knowing the law on impeachment.

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 10:36pm
  44. I always thought that people from Ohio had intelligent but by the looks of who they elect i have changed my mind. Maybe they have all become inter bread.

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 10:43pm
  45. what a good TEA-BAGGER

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 10:49pm
  46. Douche bag alert!

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 11:13pm
  47. Humans…what a virus

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 11:23pm
  48. Human stain !

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 11:28pm
  49. Shame!

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 11:35pm
  50. If people wold just mind their own damn business this world would be a better place!

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 11:38pm
  51. One had to wonder why Becker would want to be so nasty? The men are dying leave th Ed m alone…

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 11:44pm
  52. Them dam spell check…

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 11:46pm
  53. Yet Mr Becker (no relation) can use his personal opinion to dictate his actions as a representative in Ohio! The marriage debate should be over any consenting adult can marry another consenting adult move on! Personally I think marriage is a nightmare ( my 17yr one was) but if someone else wants to take the chance I pray they have a wonderful one whether they are gay or straight! We need more love in this world not more hate there is plenty if that!

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 11:50pm
  54. Recall him. He looks like a tool anyway.

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 11:53pm
  55. Get him disbarred!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 12:51am
  56. Come on really

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 12:55am
  57. What a big DB

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 1:09am
  58. Idiot. Hey, I know! Since citizenship is a lifetime thing, can we get them to impeach HIM for being a stupid homophobe and kick him out of the country?

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 1:35am
  59. A guy who’s cerebrally impaired wanting someone impeached. What a fruit. (sic)

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 2:06am
  60. Are people really still complaining about Gay people having rights? :| it’s 2013

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 2:10am
  61. What Hector V Lopez said!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 2:42am
  62. What a dick.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 3:59am
  63. Dumb bigot.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 4:28am
  64. only if we can impeach him for his self righteous, uneducated and hypocritical thinking

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 5:27am
  65. good, get rid of these activist judges who cram homofascism down our throats

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 5:35am
  66. Just plain mean

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 7:31am
  67. Go back to your cave, primitive.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 10:09am
  68. I hope this law maker loses his position and has to really work for his lively hood.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 10:37am
  69. hopefully he will get impeached because he is so ignorant, maybe he should find out how many gays live in his district befoer he opens his mouth

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 10:42am
  70. People always hating – why not worry about stuff like improving our infrastructure, Jobs, healthcare. Something that everyone could benefit from. Not trying to limit someone civil rights.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 1:46pm
  71. must be a republican

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 1:58pm
  72. Am I missing something? A judge shows compassion and wants a person to be treated like a human and a lawmaker – read – pond scum – wants him impeached – wtf!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 2:07pm
  73. DUH what a douchebag

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 3:35pm
  74. His mind is so narrow that it’s in danger of imploding!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 4:02pm
  75. ASSHOLE,INSENSITIVE,IDIOT!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 5:11pm
  76. i want to sue his parents for giving birth to this piece of shit for human, instead doing the blowjob…smh

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 6:05pm
  77. She looks like she’s a big old closet case herself.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 6:19pm
  78. He’s ugly, inside and out.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 6:45pm
  79. They were married in a state that has legal same sex marriage. Therefore, the marriage should be recognized in Ohio. They should be listed as spouses on the death certificate. Not to mention, same sex marriage is federally recognized.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 7:13pm
  80. You sir are a sick son of a bit*h!!!! Leave gays lesbians bisexuals alone we are all people and Gods children regardless of our sexuality!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 7:16pm
  81. Impeach this waste of skin

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 8:14pm
  82. OH lawd he’s an asshole.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 8:18pm
  83. moron!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 8:19pm
  84. he looks gayer than a $2 bill………he’s just upset because he doesn’t have the balls to come out.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 8:23pm
  85. Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 8:25pm
  86. Boo!

    Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 4:41am