“If I can’t have everything my way, I’m not doing ANYTHING!” Does this sound like a 12-year-old in serious need of negative attention?
Meet Hamilton County (TN) Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton. He has decided to stop processing divorce litigation brought before him, claiming that since the Supreme Court has overruled Tennessee’s ban on marriage equality, the Supreme Court can bloody well just come on down to Hamilton County and rule on everything marriage-related in the State of Tennessee.
Like Kim Davis, Atherton appears to believe he only has to follow the law if it suits his ideas of morality. And he has decided to express his objections to the Supremes’ recent ruling in Obergefell by behaving much the way a snotty seventh-grader would. “Okay then, if you’re so smart why don’t you just come and tell me every single thing I should do since obviously I am not qualified to eat a meal or breathe.” When I read the excerpt from his opinion, I could just hear the fingernails-on-a-blackboard sarcasm dripping from it.
That alone ought to be reason enough to remove him from the bench and get someone in there who will do their job.
h/t: Daily Kos