J.K. Rowling had a great response to the Daily Mail’s outrage over the ‘openly gay judge’
JK Rowling has mocked The Mail Online for running a headline that casted outrage on the judges who ruled that Article 50 must have parliamentary approval before being triggered.
The Daily Mail was furious over the ruling and attacked the “openly gay” judge who delivered the decision.
The “openly gay ex-Olympic fencer” refers to Sir Terence Etherton, the country’s second-most senior judge, who has more than four decades of legal experience.
The judge’s homosexuality was used as a slur, but Rowling pointed out that if being gay and a former Olympian is the worst damage they can do, then you must be doing something right.
Lord Chief Justice Baron Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Head of Civil Justice Sir Terence Etherton and Lord Justice of Appeal Sir Philip Sales were all put under fire by the Mail.
Referring to the group, the newspaper fumed: “The judges who blocked Brexit: One who founded a EUROPEAN law group, another charged the taxpayer millions for advice, and the third is an openly gay ex-Olympic fencer”.
After being mocked the headline was altered to leave out the reference to Sir Terence Etherton’s sexuality.
The justice, who qualified for the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow as a fencer, entered a civil partnership in 2006 and converted to a marriage in 2014. The 65-year-old became the first gay man to be a senior judge when he was sworn in as Lord Justice of Appeal in 2008.
When appointed as Lord Justice of Appeal in 2008, he said: “My appointment also shows that diversity in sexuality is not a bar to preferment up to the highest levels of the judiciary”.