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Judges Must Use Preferred Pronouns: Michigan Supreme Court

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The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that all judges and court staff must use the preferred pronouns and salutations of attorneys and litigants.

Justice Elizabeth Welch says it’s about civility and respect.

“We serve the entire public and are required to treat those who come before us with civility and respect,” the judge said in remarks reported by Daily Wire. “The gender identity of a member of the public is a part of their individual identity, regardless of whether others agree or approve.”

Funny, I thought the law was about the truth and nothing but the truth.

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Justice Welch is a Democrat. She says the gender identity of a member of the public is a part of their individual identity.

“We serve the entire public and are required to treat those who come before us with civility and respect,” Welch said. “The gender identity of a member of the public is a part of their individual identity, regardless of whether others agree or approve.”

So, let’s say a man robs a bank, but he shows up to court wearing a skirt and high heels. Seems to me the judge would have no choice but to dismiss the case. Because the suspect was a man when he committed the crime, but now he’s a woman. Witnesses would testify that they saw a man rob the bank. Clearly, according to the Michigan Supreme Court, the suspect is a woman. Case dismissed.

First Amendment groups and Republican judges argue that the court’s ruling violates the U.S. Constitution.

Republican-nominated Justice David Viviano opposed the new rule change, and told the Daily Wire that it forces judges into “socially and politically fraught topics that have little to do with the judicial system.”

The Michigan Supreme Court also ruled that the Mr. Miss or Mx is also suitable.

“Parties and attorneys may also include Ms., Mr., or Mx. as a preferred form of address and one of the following personal pronouns in the name section of the caption: he/him/his, she/her/hers, or they/them/theirs,” the rule states. “Courts must use the individual’s name, the designated salutation or personal pronouns, or other respectful means that is not inconsistent with the individual’s designated salutation or personal pronouns when addressing, referring to, or identifying the party or attorney, either orally or in writing.”

Perry Mason and Ben Matlock must be rolling over in their graves.  

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