Two judges, including the first avowed homosexual appointed to the California bench, have asked a federal judge to resign because of courtroom remarks about "these faggots from Cuba" allowed in the United States, it was disclosed yesterday.
U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hauk, who does not deny making the comment, called the criticism "presumptuous and arrogant."
Superior Court Judge Stephen Lachs and Van Nuys Municipal Court Judge Rand Schrader told Hauk in a letter that they were "deeply offended and dismayed" by the remark, suggesting the 67-year-old jurist resign or retract the statement.
Hauk made the statement while sentencing a Mexican who had crossed the border illegally. He was quoted in the Aug. 18 issue of the Los Angeles Daily Journal as saying:
"I don't know what's happening. We let all these Iranian ignoramuses in, but not this young man who wants to support his child. And he isn't even a fag, like all these faggots from Cuba we're letting in."
Lachs, who was appointed to the bench by Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. a year ago and is the state's first openly homosexual judge, said Hauk's statement called into question his impartiality in cases involving homosexuals.