In the national discussion concerning Judge Roberts, this piece of information from http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-roberts4aug04,1,6120343.story?coll=la-headlines-politics&ctrack=1&cset=true#Scene_1 should not be ignored:
· In 1996, activists won a landmark anti-bias ruling with the aid of the high court nominee.
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. worked behind the scenes for gay rights activists, and his legal expertise helped them persuade the Supreme Court to issue a landmark 1996 ruling protecting people from discrimination because of their sexual orientation. Then a lawyer specializing in appellate work, the conservative Roberts helped represent the gay rights activists as part of his law firm's pro bono work. He did not write the legal briefs or argue the case before the high court, but he was instrumental in reviewing filings and preparing oral arguments, according to several lawyers intimately involved in the case….The case was one of several Roberts worked on pro bono at Hogan & Hartson, a prominent Washington law firm that expects partners to volunteer time in community service.
That is on top of Roberts’ statement concerning Roe vs. Wade in 2003 at http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,163028,00.html :
…during his confirmation hearings in 2003, Roberts insisted that the brief contained the administration's opinion, not necessarily his own.
"The statement in the brief was my position as an advocate for a client," he said.
Roberts also insisted he would respect Supreme Court precedent.