Judge Raymond J. Pettine is one of the heroes of this bit of history. There was no case law to fall back on, so he went back to the constitution to get the law upon which this case rested. That takes bravery! Every lawyer and judge can argue about interpretation, and they probably have and did.
But it got us past the first hurdle: the first case was won. Now, as the article states, when such cases come before the court, the lawyers and judges cite this case as precedent. Now there is “case law” in existence, so no one has to invent a new defense. That one act by Judge Raymond J. Pettine is one of the biggest gifts to the movement that one man can give. Of course, there are many, many other people who did their parts, not to exclude the brave, angry men and women who first got up and fought back at Stonewall, instead of letting themselves be dragged to the paddy-wagons.
Thank you, Judge Pettine. It gets better, partly because of you. One more note, about the Boy Scouts story; WTF is “Boy Scouts of America” doing when they check the gender of an eagle scout? Do they look into their pants to see their packages? Or do they just accept the person’s sexual identity and take that for granted? If someone presents as a boy, can they be an eagle scout? Or do they have to go through a package inspection first? Well, it’s obvious to me that they are checking how people present, not their penises. If a boy goes to a meeting with mascara on, he won’t get to be an eagle scout - right? I THINK that’s how they’re interpreting sexual identity.
When will the world know that a person is a certain gender IF THEY SAY THEY ARE? When will the world know that a person’s gender has nothing to do with their jobs, their addresses, their clothing, their speech, their children - and anything else that goes on at home behind closed doors???