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Critics: Fed’l Judge-to-be at Lesbian Ceremony

Posted May 10, 2007 6:48 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Janet Neff attended a same-sex commitment ceremony five years ago, and she still hasn't heard the end of it in proceedings on her nomination to become a federal court judge.

Her nomination, which was blocked last year by presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Sam Brownback, R-Kan., is back on track, and a hearing on her nomination was held by the Senate Judiciary Committee today, reports the mlive.com Michigan newspaper Web site.

But questions are still being asked about her attendance at the ceremony, for daughter of neighbors and friends, at which Neff delivered a homily but did not preside, she explained today. Asked to discuss her personal views on gay and lesbian marriage, she said this would not be ethically appropriate since she might have to decide such a case. "Whatever the issue, I park my personal views at the door before I walk into the courthouse," she testified.

Brownbeck has said he would object if a judge presided over an illegal same-sex marriage ceremony.

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