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Conservative groups: Don't support Roberts

Supreme Court nominee John Roberts

Two conservative public-policy groups are refusing to support President Bush’s nomination of John Roberts for the Supreme Court due to his donating time to homosexual activists who subsequently won a key high-court case.

As WorldNetDaily reported, Roberts helped “gay rights” activists as part of his law firm’s pro bono work, donating time to advise the plaintiffs in the case Romer v. Evans. While the nominee did not actually argue the case before the high court, several lawyers familiar with the case say he was instrumental in reviewing filings and preparing oral arguments.

The 1996 6-to-3 ruling struck down a voter-approved 1992 Colorado initiative that nullified “gay rights” measures in the state.

Yesterday, both Howard Phillips of the Conservative Caucus and Eugene Delgaudio of Public Advocate of the United States released statements saying Roberts was not worthy of support in light of the Romer v. Evans work.

Previously, Phillips had taken a wait-and-see attitude toward Roberts, saying conservatives needed to be “judicious” in evaluating the nominee.

Now, Phillips says, “it seems necessary to withhold support for the confirmation of Judge Roberts to be a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. We do not need another Anthony Kennedy, Sandra Day O’Connor or David Souter.”

Continued Phillips: “Judge Roberts apparently had no moral objection to using his skills to advance the homosexual agenda. It suggests an absence of an understanding by Mr. Roberts that homosexual conduct is sinful and ought to be discouraged.”

Phillips says it’s now clear Roberts would not use “biblical morality in determining his position in particular cases.”

Delgaudio’s Public Advocate organization had supported Roberts’ nomination but now is withdrawing it. The activist was to announce the group’s switch at a press conference this morning in front of the Supreme Court building.

Public Advocate’s statement says the move is due to “Roberts’ support for the radical homosexual lobby in the 1996 Supreme Court case Romer v. Evans.”

Most leading conservative organizations have stuck by Roberts in light of the Romer revelation.

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