Friday, November 03, 2006

Holt Press Releasse - Judicial Activism/ N.J. Court Decision and Lakeview

Subject: Senator Holt Believes Judicial Activism Has Reached a Crisis Point – Where Does Halter Stand on this Issue?
The recent New Jersey Supreme Court Decision unanimously ruled that the state Legislature must create same-sex marriage or civil unions within 180 days.  This ruling  brings into focus an issue that is a fundamental aspect of Senator Holt's platform – judicial activism.  The courts are taking away our freedom in chunks, and Senator Holt believes that the first responsibility of a government official is to  protect the freedom of  citizens.
The New Jersey decision is quite similar to the situation in Arkansas when the Supreme Court ordered the legislators to produce laws  to provide a suitable and adequate  education - according to the court's perception. The New Jersey Court says  the legislators must create a law that is suitable to protect homosexual rights -  as the court perceives those rights.  Three of the seven judges actually wanted to order the legislators to create a same- sex marriage law rather than just a civil unions law, so that will  probably come later.
Senator Holt's opponent has ridiculed him for advocating a constitutional amendment to keep the Arkansas Supreme Court from superseding the legislature's authority over educational decisions in Arkansas.  Since Halter has said he is opposed to homosexual marriage, would he ridicule any legislator in New Jersey  for proposing a constitutional amendment to protect traditional marriage and prevent civil unions as he has ridiculed  Holt for protecting educational freedom in Arkansas. Or would he be willing to "defy the courts" (as Halter's party has accused Senator Holt of doing)  and propose an amendment to the constitution to protect marriage?     
Even though Arkansas has passed a marriage protection amendment, the Supreme Court  could  force legislators  to include all types of homosexual material in the schools under the guise of  hate crime laws, sexual orientation, and other related issues. 

To read rest of the article click on Comment 1 below.


Blogger Debbie Pelley said...

For this reason the people of Arkansas need to know how Halter feels about civil unions for homosexuals and hate crimes which include sexual orientation. These issues are some of the major political issues in the state and nation and were the stages used in New Jersey to get to the Court's recent decision mandating same sex marriage or civil unions.

In the latest Picus adequacy report (Adequacy Study ordered in Lakeview) on the funding structure, the authors state in the first paragraph, "The Supreme Court has continued to maintain jurisdiction over the case and continues to monitor the actions of the Legislature." Senator Holt says that is just wrong; the courts should not usurp the powers of the legislature. If the courts maintain this type of authority and power, the bottom line is it doesn't matter who the people elect. All the effort, money, time, and battling to elect the legislators to represent the people's views is for naught if the Court coerces the legislature to pass legislation that pleases the Court rather than representing the people, thereby negating the democratic process.

Senator Holt contends that the citizens (and legislators) all over this state and nation are concerned with the courts legislating from the bench. Does Halter have any concerns over this usurpation of the legislative powers by the courts in the Lakeview case and in other situations; and if so, what are his plans to alleviate the problem since he seems to think that proposing an amendment to the constitution in the face of a Supreme Court decision is defying the courts?

Lest the media and Halter label Holt an extremist on this issue, consider the following results of a survey September, 05, commissioned by the American Bar Association, Fifty-six percent of respondents strongly or somewhat agreed that judicial activism seems to have reached a crisis, and judges routinely overrule the will of the people. Senator Holt believes that percentage is far higher in Arkansas after the Lakeview problems and because Arkansans are more conservative than the nation as a whole. See this link for the survey.

6:25 PM, November 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To All Right Wing Nut Bag Conservatives!!!

In lieu of the latest sex scandal to hit one of your groups...the Evangel leader...Meth-Gay Prostitiute...If you can talk the talk, you need to walk the walk.
Your hypocrisy knows no ends!
See you at the polls Tues.!
And, see you crying dirtbags Wed.
It's over!!!

7:17 PM, November 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give up yourself, dirtbag! The real hypocrites are Democrats who can't seem to see all the things they've done wrong for falling all over themselves to point out the latest thing a Republican has done wrong. Face it, your pathetic party is not only out of touch with everyday Arkansans, it's also out of touch with the entire country! And Wednesday, you will ALL be you've always been and always will be. So get over yourself and get over it!!!!!!!

8:25 PM, November 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least you have a dream...denial at its best. You are screwed!

8:29 PM, November 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can they do anything wrong when the Republicans have been in control for 5 yrs? I mean all branches of gov't. They have all rubber stamped the Bush agenda. Everything wrong in this country is to blame on your precious party.

8:31 PM, November 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever, moron! The liberal agenda is what's wrong with this country! But you dolts just can't seem to get enough Kool-Aid and can't see that.

8:45 PM, November 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all know where Halter stands on gay marriage....he's for it! Just like Beebe and McDaniel are! The only one that's actually said that is McDaniel. The other 2 don't have the spine to tell us what they really believe, much like the national Democratic party. By the way.....has anybody seen Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid?

8:46 PM, November 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This article says it all. From World Net Daily:

8:50 PM, November 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gay marriage? Is that the best the G.O.P. can come up with? Earth to one cares. Voters care about Iraq this election...what say you on that? Let me guess...Stay the course!
I guess if you tell a lie long enough it becomes the truth. I pray for impeachment!

8:58 PM, November 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I care. The perverts are destroying the family unit. If that's done, America's internal collapse will precede anything Al Qaeda can do.

9:09 PM, November 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:58, the President has done nothing wrong and the worthless Dems have no basis for impeachment! All Pelosi is after is getting back at the Republicans for impeaching Slick Willie, who DID do something worthy of impeachment. Don't worry, though. The Democrats won't get control of Congress. You can pray for impeachment all you want (funny because I didn't think liberals prayed), but the rest of us will pray that the party of San Francisco liberal Pelosi won't get control of this Congress because this country will go downhill fast if they did. The Democrat liberals of her caliber have absolutely no morals, no values, and absolutely no plan for leading this country forward and protecting us from another terrorist attack. The Democratic party is nothing but a bunch of America-hating, military hating, terrorist appeasers who have no business in power!

6:03 AM, November 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bungling the war on "terror" may not be impeachable, but it sure is incompetence.

6:37 AM, November 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a Democrat. So, therefore, I hate freedom, America, the troops, newborn babies, etc...I do love terrorists though. Is that really what you imbeciles think? I supported the war in Afghanistan, and the Pres. who took us there. Bush had my backing after 9-11. Then he and his cronies became so obsessed with Iraq, I quit supporting him. This is a war for money in my opinion. Oil, oil services companies(Halliburton) etc. Coincidence? I think not.

7:44 AM, November 04, 2006  

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