Last week, I wrote about the new Baltimore judges selected by Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. Parenthetically, I noted that this is a big story in Baltimore because Judge Christopher Panos is openly gay. I added that I look forward to the day when this is not a story. I actually hesitated to write those words not because I do not believe them but because I want this personal injury lawyer blog to be apolitical. But I do feel pretty strongly about discrimination against anyone for any reason other than the content of their character. So I added my thoughts.
Since my comments, the uproar has continued. I was interviewed earlier in the week by a reporter from the Washington Blade. Here is the article. The reporter asked a lot of detailed questions and wrote a good article. My only two mild criticisms:
1. The article identifies me as “straight” which I am. But the whole point of what I was trying to articulate is that labels – even labels that put you in the majority – divide rather than unite. It is trite but it really is true.
2. Judge Panos is apparently raising a child with his long time partner. She’s 16 months-old. I criticized the Baltimore Sun for printing her name because I do not see what the point is of identifying her name or his partner’s name either for that matter. Neither are public figures. Yet in this article, he repeats both of the names.
My next post will be back to specific topics of interest to tort lawyers in Maryland and throughout the country.