March 17, 2005
A judge in San Francisco - and a Catholic one appointed by a republican governor - has ruled that homosexuals have the same right to marry as heterosexuals and to have all of the benefits extended to them as are extended to heterosexuals.
This ruling, which will be appealed and may also windup as a ballot referendum in California, is one more reason why it is urgent to get as many conservative federal and state judges on the bench as possible.
The senate today may vote on one of President Bush's nominees to the federal bench.
The last time William Myers came up for a vote, his nomination was filibustered by the democrats who knew he would be confirmed by a majority of senators.
There is lots of pontificating about the senate's traditions and the constitution, but filibustering is not in the constitution and neither is anything about needing 60 votes to stop one.
Senate republicans should strike while they have the majority and return to majority rule as the standard for confirming judges.
Democrats threaten to virtually shutdown the senate if they do let them.
It didn't help republicans a decade ago when they shut down government and it won't help democrats this time.
In Palm Springs, California, I'm Cal Thomas.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.