Federal Judge Leon Holmes has, who has a history of believing and saying extremely sexist things, has recused himself from a legal challenge against Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage because he has ties to some of the people who put that law on the ballot in that state. As ThinkProgress notes, Holmes has a real sexism problem:
Judge Holmes, who was appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush, wrote in a 1997 article published in the Arkansas Catholic that wives must “subordinate” themselves to their husbands and that “the woman is to place herself under the authority of the man” just like “the church is to place herself under the protection of Christ.” The same article also alluded to Holmes’ views on sexual freedom and LGBT rights. He wrote that “[i]t is not a coincidence that the feminist movement brought with it artificial contraception and abortion on demand, with recognition of homosexual liaisons soon to follow.”
In the 1980s, Holmes emerged as a leader in Arkansas’ anti-abortion movement, writing at the time that “[c]oncern for rape victims is a red herring because conceptions from rape occur with approximately the same frequency as snowfall in Miami.”
I’ll give him credit for recusing himself, which he did voluntarily. But this guy should never have been put on the federal bench in the first place.
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