Thursday, December 31, 2009

Lesbian sister of Prop 8 mastermind, Frank Schubert, runs for judge in Sacramento

"The lesbian sister of Proposition 8 mastermind Frank Schubert has announced her candidacy for Sacramento County Superior Court judge," reports Bay Area Reporter. At her campaign Web site, Anne Marie Schubert (pictured), a deputy district attorney for Sacramento County, promotes herself as a law and order and victim's rights candidate with several endorsements from local law enforcement organizations. According to voter records, Anne Marie Schubert is a registered Republican. She has hired Gilliard Blanning, a conservative political consulting firm known for championing some of the state's best known Republican candidates and causes, to run her campaign. Anne Marie Schubert, 45, doesn't mention her family or sexual orientation on her campaign Web site. But Sacramento County tax records show that Anne Marie Schubert purchased her home with Julie Greenberg in March 2005, where the women live together raising two children.

Frank Schubert told the Bay Area Reporter the two women are in a registered domestic partnership. "She and Julie are in a domestic partnership, and they have two wonderful children," Frank Schubert said. Asked if he considered the children and Greenberg to be a part of his family, Frank Schubert replied, "Of course I consider them and their children to be part of my family, and I love them very much." Anne Marie Schubert declined to discuss same-sex marriage or Proposition 8, citing judicial code. "Because I am running for a judicial seat, I am bound by the California Code of Judicial Ethics. This code applies to both sitting judges and attorneys running for judicial office," Anne Marie Schubert said in an e-mail. "This code makes it clear that 'Candidates may not make statements that commit the candidate with respect to cases, controversies, or issues that could come before the courts.' This code also states, 'Judges involved in judicial campaigns must also avoid comment concerning a matter pending or impending in any court.'" READ MORE