Obama Judicial Nominee Vowed To Oppose Gay Boy Scout Leaders

New revelations could create more trouble for President Barack Obama’s embattled judicial nominee Michael Boggs.

Boggs, currently a state appeals court judge, apparently ran a staunchly anti-gay campaign for the Georgia state House in 2000. In a flyer from his campaign, obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Boggs vowed: “I oppose same sex marriages, I oppose homosexual Boy Scout leaders, and I support voluntary prayer in schools.”

He billed himself as “a conservative Democrat with conservative values” who’s running on “Christian values,” and suggested he’d have more power and influence as a Democrat given that Democrats were in control of the majority.

Here’s the flyer, published Friday by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Boggs won the race and he made good on his campaign promises. He voted for a state constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage as well as other conservative measures involving abortion and the Confederate battle flag. His votes have landed him in hot water with Senate Democratic leaders, several of whom oppose his nomination.

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