But first …
I received an email last night from Carrie Warner, one of the attorneys for The Will of the People Fund case, Bradacs v Haley, with some encouraging news via Carrie Warner, attorney for Bradacs v Haley:
Last night, the judge in our case, Judge Michelle Childs, has dismissed Governor Haley as a Defendant but has otherwise kept our lawsuit intact. This is good news, because if our case was going to be dismissed, as the state alleges it should, that would have happened last night.
But, by virtue of the fact that Judge Childs issued a 20 page opinion, it appears that she is going to rule quickly on our Motion for Summary Judgment. Now, South Carolina, via its Attorney general Alan Wilson, will move to appeal this case should we win, but it seems likely that we are headed in that direction.
Now … on to our Asshat ….
Alan Wilson has filed another motion to dismiss all marriage equality lawsuits in South Carolina based on the notion that last week's Sixth US Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling that upholds marriage bans in other states. Wilson wrote that the decision by the appeals court in Cincinnati supports "the clear constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans under the Constitution."
He added that the decision "emphasizes that marriage is inherently a union of a man and a woman, and that whether that definition is expanded to include same-sex couples is a decision for the states including their people and their legislatures."
So, what besides his bigotry and intolerance and fight against equality makes Alan Wilson this week’s ISBL Asshat?
The fact that he’s arguing that since the Sixth Circuit Court is upholding marriage bans in four other states should overrule the ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court, which handles appeals in South Carolina, as well as North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.
He wants South Carolina’s ban upheld because the Sixth Circuit Court said so, but he refuses to obey the law set down by the Fourth Circuit Court.
Alan Wilson, ISBL Asshat of the Week.