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In today’s Recorder ["Marriage license plaintiffs want new judge," Feb. 24], Richard Ackerman (counsel for the plaintiffs in the current superior court challenge to same-sex marriages in San Francisco) is quoted as stating that if a gay judge were assigned to hear the case “that certainly doesn’t bode well for the appearance of impartiality.” Mr. Ackerman should apologize for his remark, which is reminiscent of those who once objected to African-American or female judges hearing civil rights claims. We judge judges on their judging, not their race, gender or sexual orientation. If gay or lesbian judges are regarded as biased in hearing this case, shouldn’t the same be true of married judges? David B. Oppenheimer San Francisco Oppenheimer is the associate dean for Academic Affairs at Golden Gate University School of Law.

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