Skip To Content
Breaking News

‘Openly Gay’ Brexit Judge Smeared by British Press

The famously combustible British tabloids were incensed by a decision by the U.K. High Court of Justice on November 3, that a simple majority in a referendum was not enough to change the de facto British constitution and leave the European Union without ratification by Parliament.

Though the court, and most legal scholars, view the decision as straightforward, if abstruse, the Daily Mail called the three judges in charge of the decision — “Enemies of the People.”

It went on to launch personal attacks on the individual judges, deciding that Sir Terence Etherton, Master of the Rolls, should be vilified for being ‘openly gay.’

Unlike the public anti-Semitism and dog whistles in this U.S. election cycle, the main attacks on Etherton — the U.K.’s first openly gay senior judge and, as Master of the Rolls, head of the civil judiciary in England and Wales — have not featured the fact that he is Jewish and married his partner, Andrew Stone in a shul, “in a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony at West London Synagogue.”

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.