Circuit judges Robert “Bobby” Chamberlin of Hernando and James T. “Jim” Kitchens of Caledonia along with attorney Steve Crampton of Tupelo, all running for Mississippi Supreme Court this November, answered questions this week at the DeSoto County Republican Club’s August meeting.
For traditional conservatives not many issues take on the level of importance as does religious freedom these days. While all three of the candidates made the requisite references to the Constitution, according to the report in the Desoto Times-Tribune it was Crampton who addressed directly the current political attempts to alter the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion.
Crampton, who has litigated high profile issues at all levels of state and federal courts, including the Mississippi and U.S. Supreme Courts, said religious freedom is the backbone of the nation.
“Almighty God, Jefferson said, has made the mind free,” Crampton quoted the nation’s third president as saying.
Crampton has argued against partial birth abortion, same-sex marriage and the nation’s Affordable Healthcare Act, commonly referred to as “Obamacare.”
Crampton said, in his opinion, the state’s Constitution provides greater protections for the state’s citizens.
Crampton further said that we are “at a crossroads in our nation’s history” and the nation needs to prevent the selection of activist judges who attempt to enact policy rather than interpret constitutional provisions.
The election for Mississippi Supreme Court is November 8.
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