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Ohio Lawmaker Renews Call for Judge’s Impeachment

Monday Apr 7, 2014

A state lawmaker has reiterated his call for the impeachment of a federal judge who plans to order Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages.

Republican Rep. John Becker of Union Township first called for Cincinnati-based Judge Timothy Black's removal in September, after Black issued an order in a separate lawsuit involving gay marriage.

On Friday, Black said he plans to issue a ruling April 14 forcing the state to recognize the marriages of gay Ohio couples who have wed in states that allow same-sex marriage.

Becker said in a news release Monday that Black has allowed "personal political bias to supersede jurisprudence."

Becker has filed a resolution for Congress to impeach Black.

Black has declined to comment on Becker's efforts.

Congress has removed only eight federal judges in history.

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  • Wayne M., 2014-04-09 14:22:13

    If anyone is to be impeached and removed from office, it is misRepresentative Becker for his failure to understand the constitution and the role of the judiciary in a state that protects human rights. As legislators are often unwilling to protect the constitutional human and equality rights of minorities, this responsibility falls on the shoulders of responsible judges. Becker also fails to understand the fact that democracy is majority rule with RESPECT FOR MINORITY RIGHTS.

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