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US: Judge quits after ‘invasive’ reports reveal his gay hookup app profile

  • Christopher in Canada

    This is getting tired. It’s like blacks selling each other into slavery in the 1800’s. When will humans just be happy that others are happy? Why do some need to control what others are doing or thinking… I’m not as young as I once was, but my brain still comes up with “does not compute” when I try to figure it all out. Is it all really the perception of power and status that affects our behavior?

    Noel Coward wrote a great short story about a mayor, his wife and a dashing young captain who have affairs with each other then put up a billboard into town proclaiming it… thereby owning it and heading off the gossipers at the pass. I forget the title, but I must look in my collection for it and reread it.

    • CRW

      Eh? He stuck down the ban on gay adoption, that is like blacks freeing other blacks surely?

      • Christopher in Canada

        You’re right – the thought process that seemed clear yesterday seems more muddled today upon second reading! My point was that humans seem so ready to tear each other down or hold each other back from success/happiness/life… instead of celebrating that here is a professional man who is merely seeking companionship of whatever form he desires, he lives in a world where no matter what he accomplishes for the benefit of society, he feels he needs to resign from the very position where he can affect change because of the moral attitudes of his peers, the community, etc… or maybe I assumed he was yet another story about some public prude being caught with his hands in the the cookie jar… I kind of forget now! I do wish there was a way to re-edit the comment. Oh well, some times it doesn’t pay to get out of bed in the morning! Mea culpa…

        • David H

          Now I’d interpreted it differently and it made perfect sense!!! To my mind whomever had picked up the story in the first place must also have been using the app – so that’s what I thought you were getting at. You made more sense than you realised ;-)

        • Rehan

          (BTW you can edit, the option is there just to the left of where it says ‘Reply’ at the bottom of your own post.)

  • Gttraveler

    This is disturbing. A guy I met in http://www.cock4jobs.com broke with his all family for something like that. This should hot happen. Hookup app are like other video game.

    • David H

      Not sure I’d compare them to a video game, but I agree with your point. They’re a part of modern life, it’s consensual – it’s not really someone else’s place to judge.

  • David H

    If there was a conflict of interest I can understand why he would stand down. However, there’s no evidence or even inference of that. I don’t even understand why it was made into a news story. It’s another sign of the inequality in terms of how LGBT people are perceived. Contrast it with semi-regular reports of politicians being involved in extra marital affairs and no-one bats an eyelid. The real news headline here is “Single Man Looking For Sex” – I think probably 99.9% of non-celibate single men fall into that category. Hardly news.

    • kane

      out of curiosity, what would constitute conflict of interest in this case? also not sure if ‘semi-regular reports of politicians being involved in extra marital affairs where no-one bats an eyelid’ can excuse certain behavior of those in positions, where integrity and impeccable standards are highly regarded

      • David H

        I would struggle to think of any genuine conflict of interest in this situation. The only potential one I could think of would be if he was in the process of trying to adopt at the time that he passed his judgement. Although, even that is somewhat tenuous.

        I agree with your point that politicians SHOULD behave with integrity and impeccable standards (although I’m less certain that anyone regards them that highly); but, I’m also a realist in that these things do happen whether it be one’s neighbour or elected representative.

        They are human and, as long as they don’t commit a criminal act, leave themselves exposed to blackmail or being in a position which would represent a conflict of interest then, at the risk of appearing to condone infidelity (which, I’m not), I would prefer my political representative to be human rather than someone who considers themselves “above the gods” (which a number of them do have that arrogance).

        • kane

          ‘…those in positions, where integrity and impeccable standards are highly regarded…’

          to clarify, i meant the judicial profession, not politicians. i expect more from the former

          • David H

            Apologies for the misunderstanding; however, again, I would expect their professional integrity to be second to none; but in exercising their judgement then it is equally important that they have a foot in the real world.

            In the UK we have a different situation to the US, in that our judges aren’t elected, but work their way through the ranks. As a result many of them come from rather more privileged backgrounds and often are criticised for being too far removed from the real world.

            So whether it be politician or judge, I would expect profesionalism but an understanding of everyday life is essential. Their private life should be exactly that.

  • kane

    a judge (gay or straight) and adult sex app is a big no. what he expected? to be congratulated?

    • Rehan

      I don’t see a problem, so long as he wasn’t doing anything unlawful. He’s openly gay, he’s single, what’s wrong with that app?

      • kane

        nothing per se, its about perceptions of what constitutes a scandal in public sphere. the fact that he resigned shows he understood that society expect more from judges, certainly more then just obeying the law

        • Rehan

          Yes, that’s a difficult one. Personally I think he should have just braved it out, but then I can only guess at the mores that prevail in Florida in general and Monroe County in particular.

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