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Adam Liptak’s interesting entrail reading about cert grant votes on gay marriage cases

Adam Liptak of the New York Times has a fascinating speculation about clues from the oral arguments in the gay marriage case about why cert was granted.

A couple of points needed to understand the piece:  First, while it takes five votes to win in the Court, only four are required to get review. […]

The Consequences of Gay Marriage

From GraphJam. h/t TPM.

Some notes on Loving v. Virginia and the Prop 8 opinion

Questions being raised here and there have sent me back to re-read Loving v. Virginia, the case where the United States Supreme Court held that bans on interracial marriages were unconstitutional. There are several things of interest in evaluating yesterday’s Proposition 8 opinion. First, the decision rests on two independent rationales– first, that the […]

Some reactions to the Proposition 8 opinion

I can’t possibly guess how this is going to come out on appeal.  The logic of the opinion and the record couldn’t possibly be better for opponents of Proposition 8.  Most reactions are going to be of the “consider the source” variety, but here are a few I think worthy of considering:

A New […]

Same Sex Marriage Ban Overturned in California

As you probably know, the federal judge in California overturned Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriages.  The last headline in the 130+ page opinion reads:

A PRIVATE MORAL VIEW THAT SAME-SEX COUPLES ARE INFERIOR TO OPPOSITE-SEX COUPLES IS NOT A PROPER BASIS FOR LEGISLATION

If you want to avoid the commentary and go […]

Some links about the Trial Challenging Proposition 8 in California

Some interesting links if you want to qucikly get up to speed on the Proposition 8 trial in San Francisco.  First, some background:  Ted Olson, a respected Republican Supreme Court advocate and former Solicitor General and David Boies, equally respected litigator (and who were last in court together on opposite sides of […]