Anti-Abortion Lawyer Parachutes Into VT

The city of Burlington is being sued by a group of pro-life demonstrators who believe that the city's "buffer zone" ordinance is unconstitutional. So reports Seven Days. And the lead attorney who brought the case is one Michael DePrimo of Connecticut.

So who is Michael DePrimo, and why is he bothering with a case in Vermont?

A quick Google search reveals that DePrimo is a staunch far-right Christian, a Special Assistant to Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, one of the most notorious of the extremely political, extremely conservative Christian pressure groups. He used to be the AFA's chief legal bulldog, until the AFA dissolved its legal team due to lack of funds. In that role, he worked "to use legal means to oppose pornography, obscenity, abortion, and gay marriage." Since then, he's pursued the same agenda with funding from other far-right Christian groups and "ministries."

In case you couldn't guess, he got his law degree from Pat Robertson's Regent University.

(For your reading pleasure, try a 2009 op-ed entitled "How gay activists hijacked marriage," in which, among other things, he yearns for the halcyon days when "homosexual conduct was a felony in all 50 states." Them was good times.)

(Or maybe this 2004 beaut, "Abortion, Perversion, Apathy: Beginning of America's End?" which puts us in line for the fate accorded Sodom and Gomorrah.)  

He's argued legal challenges to buffer-zone laws and ordinances in other states across the country. According to a 2008 piece in the Connecticut Law Tribune, he basically spends his days trolling the online news, searching for potential clients who will give him standing to press his far-right, fundamentalist Christian view of the law and the Constitution. So now he comes to Vermont, bringing his specious legal reasoning to the belly of the Blue State beast.  

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