A mere three days after the Supreme Court announced that they would decide this year whether same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, the anti-gay American Family Association (AFA) sent out an e-blast to their followers requesting that two of the Court's more liberal justices recuse themselves from the case.

An "action alert" sent to AFA followers in part reads:

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg should recuse themselves from any cases involving the homosexual marriage issue on the basis that they have conducted same-sex marriage ceremonies. [..]

Justice Kagan performed a September 21 same-sex marriage for her former law clerk and his partner Patrick Pearsall in Maryland. Justice Ginsburg performed a same-sex marriage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC in August 2013.

Both of these justices' personal and private actions actively endorsing gay marriage clearly indicate how they would vote on same-sex marriage cases before the Supreme Court. [..]

Congress has directed that federal judicial officers must disqualify themselves from hearing cases in specified circumstances. Title 28, Section 455 of the United States Code states "any justice, judge, or magistrate judge of the United States shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned." [..]

TAKE ACTION

Urge your members of Congress to privately and publicly call on Justices Kagan and Ginsburg to properly and legally recuse themselves from cases involving same-sex marriage.

This latest "action alert" from AFA isn't the first time the SPLC-designated anti-gay hate group has called on Ginsberg and Kagan to recuse themselves. In October, Bryan Fischer, the organization's lead mouthpiece published an opinion piece on the AFA News Network's website One News Now under the auspices of being a "guest columnist." In it, Fischer claimed that both justices would be committing a federal crime if they didn't recuse themselves from future marriage cases.

Jezebel notes that Supreme Court justices normally only recuse themselves when they have a financial interest in a case.

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