SSM Cases Finally?

Scotusblog reports that they expect the Court to report new opinions tomorrow (Thursday) at 10:00 a.m. Perhaps we’ll finally get the DOMA and Prop 8 cases. The tension is getting to me like no other issue has before…and I’m straight. It’s like overtime in the 7th game of a hockey playoff series.

Update: This snippet from a talk given by Judge Vaughn Walker, the Federal District Court judge who struck down Prop 8, is insightful.

To Walker, the most fascinating moment in the March 26 oral arguments at the Supreme Court was this exchange between Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Prop. 8 attorney Charles Cooper.

JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: Outside of the – outside of the marriage context, can you think of any other rational basis, reason, for a state using sexual orientation as a factor in denying homosexuals benefits or imposing burdens on them? Is there any other rational decision … that the Government could make? Denying them a job, not granting them benefits of some sort, any other decision?

MR. COOPER: Your Honor, I cannot. I do not have any — anything to offer you in that regard.

It was, said Walker, “a remarkable exchange” highlighting the extent to which equal treatment for gays and lesbians has become embedded in our culture.

Thursday Update: Nope. Not yet.

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James Hanley is Associate Professor of Political Science at Adrian College and a Fellow of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. The views expressed here do not reflect the views of either organization.
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