About Judge John Jones: Standing Up for Science AND Marriage Equality

by Jose Medina

Guess who’s not getting an invite to the religious right’s Values Voter Summit or to CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference). U.S. District Court Judge John Jones III, that’s who. Earlier today Jones ruled the Pennsylvania same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional and, unlike in some other states, the ruling was not stayed. That means gay and lesbian couples are walking down the aisle in the Quaker state even as we type. The ruling also means that the entire northeast part of the country now has marriage equality.

That’s probably bad enough in the eyes of the religious right. But wait, it gets better (or worse if you are one of those religious righters).

Jones signed one other famous federal court ruling. In 2005 he ruled that “intelligent design” was just another way of saying creationism and teaching it in public school science classes was therefore unconstitutional. That was the Kitzmiller v. Dover case.

But wait, it gets better still. There’s this:

Rick’s probably not happy today.

We don’t know what Judge Jones will be doing on Values Voters Summit weekend, but he certainly won’t be at the conference. Though he’ll probably be there in spirit. Surely at least one speaker will denounce Jones as yet another activists judge who is ignoring the Constitution and destroying America. But over here in the real word, Jones will just be known as the judge who helped us stand up for science and brought equality to yet another state.