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  •  Roberts is no Kennedy (none)
    I agree. Someone suggested Roberts is more like Kennedy. Kennedy had a history of being lukewarm to equal rights for gays when he sat on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals siding against gay rights each time, but treating the subject with a level of respect that was uncommon for the time. This story of Roberts may make him seem like Kennedy in that regard, but Roberts appears to be much more conservative given his statements about privacy.

    Kennedy atleast appeared to acknowledged a right to privacy beyond the privacy rights circumscribed by the First, Third and Fourth Amendments in his confirmation when he made the statement "It seems to me that most Americans, most lawyers, most judges believe liberty includes protection of a value we know as privacy. There is a zone of liberty where a line is drawn where the individual can tell the government, 'Beyond this line, you may not go.' The great question is where to draw that line."

    Roberts, OTOH, goes so far as to approvingly quote Black's dissent in the Griswold case that recognized the right and established the modern footing for the right to privacy. That's not just pause for concern. That's justification, IMO, for voting no on Roberts.

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