Fox News host Sean Hannity, Focus on the Family founder and chairman James C. Dobson, and Family Research Council (FRC) president Tony Perkins have been vocal in their criticism of Democrats' efforts to gather information on Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr.'s background and philosophy. But now that media outlets have reported that Roberts provided pro bono assistance to gay-rights activists in the case of Romer v. Evans, Hannity, Dobson, and Perkins are calling for a thorough vetting of Roberts to ensure that he is sufficiently conservative.
Hannity has criticized Democrats' requests for documents Roberts wrote while serving as deputy solicitor general under President George H.W. Bush, and Hannity has derided inquiries on controversial topics like abortion as a "litmus test." But on the August 5 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Hannity said he was "concerned" by Roberts's involvement in the Romer case, and, while he still supports the nomination, he "certainly want[s] to know more." Hannity implored listeners to "look at whatever information becomes available" and stated that he wants to "hear good questions from Republicans, as well as [Sen.] Chuck Schumer [D-NY] and the Democrats."