The State reports:
Federal Judge Joe Anderson of Columbia said he recused himself, because as a member of the executive board of the Indian Waters Council of the Boy Scouts of America – which covers five Midlands counties – he recently took a position in Scout discussions over whether local Scouts should admit gay Scouts and have gay Scout leaders. “I voted for the national policy, which at present is to admit gay Boy Scouts but not have gay Scout leaders,” Anderson said. “It was very controversial, and we lost some churches that sponsor us because of it.” Also, Anderson said, one of the plaintiffs in the case is a Scout leader in Kershaw County, and earlier this year, she brought her partner to a Scout meeting. “That caused some parents to protest, and they brought their complaint to the Scout board that I’m on,” Anderson said. “We had to remove her as a Scoutmaster.”
It’s a positive step to see a judge and knowledge in a conflict of interest like this. These days it seems like many judges and politicians simply ignore them.