Is Judge Judy a Lesbian: On October 21, 1942, Judith Susan Scheindlin, better known as “Judge Judy,” was born in Brooklyn, New York. Judy came from a Jewish family with roots in Germany, Russia, and Ukraine. Her mother and father were both German Jews.
Scheindlin went to high school in Brooklyn and graduated from James Madison High School with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government. She finished her education at New York Law School, where she got her Juris Doctor degree in 1965.
In 1965, Judith Sheindlin started her career as a corporate lawyer at a company that made cosmetics. Sheindlin quit her job as a corporate lawyer after two years. Later, in 1972, she went back to work as a lawyer in a family court.
Is Judge Judy a Lesbian
Sheindlin knows a lot about marriage because she has spent many years dealing with family disputes, child custody, and divorce. She is very clear about how she feels about gay marriage and the well-known Proposition 8 in California. Sheindlin was the officiant at the wedding of singer Michael Feinstein and his partner of 11 years, Terrence Flannery. The wedding took place in Los Angeles last October.
“For me, it’s not just a legal matter, but also a matter of feeling. If two people work, pay taxes, and act responsibly, I don’t see why the State should care if they want to get married and have a union that lets them inherit and take advantage of the tax benefits of marriage. That doesn’t bother me at all.
“I wish that Proposition 8 had been talked about in a different way. I think the result might have been different if it had been presented in the opposite way, where voting “Yes” meant that same-sex couples could marry and voting “No” meant that they couldn’t. I think that the voters may have been a little confused.”
Sheindlin’s progressive view on marriage is tempered by the fact that she has spent her whole life as one of the few women judges in Manhattan. She knows how hard it is to be a minority and how hard it is for gay or questioning teens to grow up in homes that don’t understand them or accept them.
“I think that more and more parents are getting more socially savvy and realizing that it’s their job to love their kids no matter what their sexual orientation is or who they choose as a partner. I think people are getting more used to the fact that people are different.
“I went to a lecture years ago where they talked about bias against women in the courts. Some of these old guys who had been on the bench for 30 years and would say to a female lawyer, “Hey, honey, that’s a great-looking skirt,” needed sensitivity training. You have a very nice pair of legs.’ They were trying to show these guys how to act properly.
“At a judge’s conference, a woman was giving a speech, and an older man yelled something like, “Aw, get off your soapbox, you’ve got a cute tush!” or something like that. I remember saying to one of my coworkers, “You know, sometimes you just have to accept that that generation has to die off.” They can’t see the big picture and are so set on something that is wrong that it can’t be fixed.
“This morning, I was just on the treadmill while I watched Archie Bunker. I still find him funny. Do you think Archie Bunker can be changed? You cannot. That can’t be changed. But I think most Americans are starting to realize that what you do in your life is no one else’s business as long as you are a responsible person, pay your taxes, and don’t drive 120 mph in a 30 mph zone.”
Sheindlin thinks that there is always one thing that can help kids who are having trouble. They need to be taken care of in a way that helps them feel good about themselves. “Self-worth helps you get through anything. I think every child should have at least one parent who makes them feel unique and special.
I had two parents who did that for me. That gives every child a great sense of who they are that lasts their whole lives. My father told me that. And if you have that, you’ll be able to negotiate anything else that comes your way in life. I disagree with the idea that failure and trouble make you stronger. This is not true for little kids. The best thing we can do for a child is to figure out what they’re good at and let them focus on that in elementary school or high school. Figure out what it is and how to make a living doing it.”
Sheindlin seems to have figured this out better than most. She recently agreed to do another season of “Judge Judy” for CBS Television. Now, Sheindlin will be calling the shots from the bench at least until the summer of 2013.