The issue at hand is the suit filed by four Lexington parents claiming that their children's and their own First Amendment religious rights and their right to privacy were violated. As you may recall from previous coverage of David Parker, a.k.a. the Mad Dad, the Lexington public schools showed picture books that mentioned that some families have two same-gender parents and one had a kid's story king picking another king instead of a princess.
Background: Click around from this post to catch up with the case. A Mad-Dad-offending exhibit is below. A spread from the family book in question shows two partnered dads, one preparing dinner and one setting the table while their daughter does homework. Scandal!
Wolf will rule on the defense motion to dismiss in a few weeks or perhaps months. It is probably a good sign for the plaintiffs that he did not dismiss the federal portion of the suit immediately. However, his delay may not be due to favoring their arguments. Rather, their lead attorney, Robert Sinsheimer, claims to need time to respond to the amici briefs in support of the defendants' attorney, John J. Davis. Wolf granted him a week to respond.
I was at the 90-some minute hearing and shall post a few times on it. BayWindows was there too and has the facts, Ma'am.
A future post will break down some of the legal issues and particularly Wolf's questions to the attorneys. The judge clearly knows that his ruling here is likely to be cited in other cases. He seems to love that stuff.
For him, Wolf is not as famous as he thinks, but he is associated with several high-profile cases in his 22 years in this court. For example:
- He ruled that the South Boston veterans could exclude homosexuals from marching as a group in the St. Patrick's Day parade they sponsored.
- He decided that an inmate sentenced to life deserved medical treatment related to wanting to change gender, but that this did not extend to or require Massachusetts to pay for reassignment surgery.
- He sentenced multiple murder Gary Sampson to death, the first execution in three decades.
- Perhaps most famously, he scolded and disciplined federal agents and U.S. attorneys for dishonest and otherwise overzealous prosecution.
After lengthy arguments from both attorneys and some insightful questions -- interspersed with overly folksy ramblings by Wolf, the judge took the case under advisement...to be continued in U.S. District Court and this blog.
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