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Judicial Watch Goes On Another Witch Hunt

Judicial Watch was founded by Larry Klayman, but they later threw him out for some reason (gosh, I can’t imagine why). But they’ve kept up the work that he loved so much, filing lawsuits by the bushel over inconsequential nonsense. Their latest lawsuit goes after the DOJ for not telling them how much they’ve spent forcing The Gay down our throats:

Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:13-cv-00949)) on June 21, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) for all records of communications between the DOJ and the LGBT Bar Association (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) relating to the August 23, 2012, LGBT “Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair.” The Conference featured Attorney General Eric Holder as its keynote speaker.

On August 27, 2012, Judicial Watch had submitted a FOIA request to the DOJ Office of Information Policy (OIP) requesting the following information:

All records concerning, referring to, or relating to the National LGBT Bar Association’s 2012 Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair.

By a letter dated September 26, 2012, OIP acknowledged receiving the Judicial Watch FOIA request and on September 26, 2012, responded that the request fell within the “unusual circumstances” of the Act, but failed to provide “a date on which determination is expected to be dispatched,” as required by law. After OIP failed to provide any further communications, Judicial Watch, on March 18, 2013, contacted OIP asking that the records be provided without further delay.

On March 19, 2013, Judicial Watch received a letter from OIP saying that the search of the Office of the Attorney General had completed and that OIP was now reviewing the records that had been located. The letter also stated that because the records contained information of interest to other DOJ offices, OIP could respond only after consulting those offices. No information was provided as to the status of searches for records with other offices.

On March 22, 2013, Judicial Watch filed an administrative appeal seeking compliance with the original FOIA request. OIP acknowledged receiving the appeal on the same day and was required to make a determination on the appeal within 20 working days. To date OIP has failed to provide any further information concerning the FOIA request or the subsequent appeal.

Now, they’re right about this. The DOJ is violating FOIA by not releasing this information to them. There’s no question that the costs of an event is exactly the sort of thing that a federal agency is required to reveal in response to a FOIA request. But there’s a reason why they’re so interested in this particular event:

On August 23, 2012, in his keynote address at the LGBT Lavender Law Conference, Attorney General Eric Holder congratulated “the tireless work of advocates and attorneys in and far beyond this room” who advanced the LGBT agenda, and called for the passion of its members to continue the “momentum.” Holder also reminded the audience that the Obama DOJ was refusing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, though at the time, it was still prevailing law of the land.

A month previous to his LGBT Lavender Conference appearance, Holder led a group of DOJ employees in honoring Anoka-Hennepin School District of Minnesota students involved in a lawsuit to force the district to endorse homosexual conduct. Five of the students received an award at DOJ’s annual LGBT Pride Month program in the Great Hall of the Main Justice Building.

Note the absurd framing. The case in Anoka-Hennepin had nothing whatsoever to do with “forc[ing] the district” to “endorse homosexual conduct.” Six kids in that school district had committed suicide in less than two years because of anti-gay bullying and the school district had done nothing to address the problem. A group of students sued the district and the case was settled with the district making policy changes to try to prevent such bullying. That Judicial Watch thinks it’s a bad thing that the Attorney General praised the plaintiffs in that case tells you all you need to know about that organization.

Comments

  1. hunter says

    re: colnago80 @1: I’m reminded of what Dan Savage said about Tony Perkins (paraphrasing): Perkins goes to his office every day and sits on a pile of dead queer kids.

    1) Savage didn’t go far enough: Perkins enjoys it because it makes him feel powerful.

    2) Extend that to the entire “Christian” right.

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