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Pulaski Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling that the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional transported leading Republican state legislators to happier times.

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  • paladin123p06130833
    May 13, 2014 at 6:56 a.m.

    How dare you use intelligence and common sense, in an argument involving emotions. You should be ashamed of yourself. And by the way good writing, Sir

  • Populist
    May 13, 2014 at 7:09 a.m.

    Another great column. You could have been a lawyer. Thank God that you are not.

  • drs01
    May 13, 2014 at 9:15 a.m.

    Most readers know that the word 'Impeachment" is just fuel for the political fires. Your column is just adding to it. If we couldn't impeach clinton for lying to a federal judge, or abusing his office via sexual harassment, we can't do anything to the judge other than vote him out of office.Another op-ed waste of newsprint.

    May 13, 2014 at 9:15 a.m.

    Well put.

  • outinthesticks
    May 13, 2014 at 9:57 a.m.

    This leaves me to wonder what comrade Brummett's column would have said if the ruling had gone the other way...hmmmm.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    May 13, 2014 at 11:20 a.m.

    Desegregation forced us out of our schools, and took away our point of community.
    Segregation of our schools, that was the only thing the Clan or should one also observe, the Democrats did for Black America, that was good.

  • GrimReaper
    May 13, 2014 at 12:16 p.m.

    Brummy characteristically defends the now widely used tactic of judicial activism to thwart legitimate constitutional rule of law. The methodology is quite simple: create some specious "right", usually for a selected class, by using an exaggerated interpretation of some ambiguous constitutional provision and, voilà, a politically desired outcome is achieved. Such is the Left's concept of the rule of law. Brummy and company might do well to remember that old Arkansas adage of " what goes around, comes around". Their tactic could prove to be a two edged sword.

  • Nodmcm
    May 13, 2014 at 1:48 p.m.

    If the majority of the people could vote for any law, in Arkansas, there would be laws requiring church attendance, maybe even laws requiring membership in a particular religious denomination, laws requiring tithing deductions from paychecks, laws requiring separation of races, and laws prohibiting editorial writers like Mr. Brummett from writing editorials criticizing said laws. You see, that is the ENTIRE, WHOLE POINT of the Constitution's Bill of Rights--these are rights the minority holds against the will of the majority. The main task of the judiciary, it seems, is to protect the minority from the will of the majority, if constitutional protections are in place. So Judge Piazza was actually performing the highest (and arguably the most difficult) task of a judicial officer, protecting a weak and disliked minority from a vast majority. I guess those civics classes in high school could use some fine tuning, perhaps.

  • 23cal
    May 13, 2014 at 2:04 p.m. on. You nailed it. The wingers and thumpers are having tantrums because they aren't getting to legislate their religious based hate and discrimination.

  • GrimReaper
    May 13, 2014 at 2:13 p.m.

    Yep! That's the way it is supposed to work. Unfortunately, the system has now been perverted to allow radical minority groups to subvert the rights of the majority. And the cause is not to be found in the failure of civics class but in the lust for power and control by corrupt elements within our society.