A Huge Round-Up of Supreme Court Marriage Equality Updates, Links, Quotes, and Profiles

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The L.A. Times profiles Ted Olson: "The marriage case, the 60th case that he will have argued before the nation's highest court, has been a transformative experience, he says. He speaks with passion, and sometimes a tear, about the gay men and women, including Republicans, who reach out to thank him."

LineChris Johnson talks to folks in line at the Supreme Court. This photo is from the Washington Post's front page.

Several of those waiting in line are just paid placeholders: "The second and third people in line on Saturday seemed indifferent about the cases and declined to give their names or say whether they were being paid to be there. One of them said it was his third time in line for a Supreme Court hearing, but he could not remember the other cases. He said he had been in line since Thursday; seat assignments are to be given out on Tuesday morning."

Roe v. Wade looms over gay marriage cases: "Ginsburg has suggested that the Supreme Court in 1973 should have struck down only the restrictive Texas abortion law before it and left broader questions for another day. The analogous approach four decades later would be to strike down California’s ban on same-sex marriage but leave in place prohibitions in about 40 other states."

Chris Geidner profiles Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson and blogger Andrew Sullivan.

A NYT profile on National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown: "Mr. Brown grew up in Whittier, Calif., a town with a Quaker background on the border of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, the son of an accountant and a homemaker who split when he was 13. Maggie Gallagher, his predecessor as the marriage organization’s president and the author of a book about the dangers of divorce, said that Mr. Brown 'shares a lot of characteristics of children of divorce” who as adults make “a really firm commitment to do something different for their children.'"

How marriage equality could win in the worst possible way.

Focus on the Family President Jim Daly talks to NPR, claiming gay marriage is "outside of God's design".

CordileoneSan Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone spouts out on same-sex marriage: "Our bodies have meaning. The conjugal union of a man and a woman is not a factory to produce babies; marriage seeks to create a total community of love, a "one flesh" union of mind, heart and body that includes a willingness to care for any children their bodily union makes together…Treating same-sex relationships as marriage is the final severing by government of the natural link between marriage and the great task of bringing together male and female to make and raise the next generation together in love."

NOM is pushing an incredibly hostile document to its supporters.

Reuters: Gay marriage cases to define Supreme Court legacy. "It has been a decade since the court last took up a gay-rights case. Four new justices have joined the bench since then, including Chief Justice John Roberts, 58, who last year cast the deciding vote to uphold the Obama administration's healthcare law."

How did Vermont's "civil" war fuel the gay marriage movement? "It seemed radical at the time, and tore the state apart so wretchedly and publicly that historians were hard-pressed to come up with a parallel. Imagine the recent Wisconsin union wars, only injected with sex and religion. But the Legislature in Montpelier approved An Act Relating to Civil Unions, and Dean quietly signed it later that spring, making it the first law in the nation to extend marriage-like rights of any kind to gay and lesbian couples."

The AP interviews Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, plaintiffs in the Prop. 8 case: "They will get married quickly, in a small, private ceremony. 'We did the big celebration a long time ago,' Perry said. 'I hope this will be something a lot bigger than the two of us.'"

What the Supreme Court's ruling might mean for Colorado's new civil union law: "…the high court judges could not only declare California's Prop 8 unconstitutional, they could rule that states, like Colorado and eight others, that give gay people some relationship distinction without calling it 'marriage' is unfair."

And here's what we covered over the weekend:

Our legal expert ARI EZRA WALDMAN penned a few more SUPREME COURT
PREVIEW columns for you including one on STANDING in the DOMA case and SCRUTINY in DOMA and Prop 8.. 

WolfsonCalifornia Attorney General Kamala Harris said "50,000 children in California are asking, 'why can't my parents be married too?' …

Karl Rove says he can imagine a 2016 presidential candidate supporting GAY MARRIAGE …

Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson schooled Tony Perkins on FACE THE NATION ….

PROP 8 Attorney David Boies laid out the Supreme Court Case on 'Meet the Press' …

Rand Paul said he wouldn't mind a 'neutral' government on same-sex marriage.

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS protested same-sex marriage in PARIS, some rioted, using children as human shields.

NEW YORK held a rally and a VIGIL.


  1. eric says

    Fr. Cordileone inadvertently justifies same sex marriage: it joins people together to care for each other, whether or not there are children. it is about much more than sex.

  2. Bill says

    Jim Daly was quoted as saying, “We think it’s pretty clear that God’s design for human sexuality is a male and a female committed to each other in marriage for life.”

    Unfortunately for Daly, the data, not to mention biologists, disagree with him. Whatever “God” intended, the “design” for humans is anything but for monogamous behavior, at least according to http://greatestblogger.com/human-sexuality-is-naturally-promiscuous-primarily-amorous/ (which points out that we are more closely related to chimps and bonobos than other primates).

  3. GregV says

    This is the first I’ve ever heard of people paying $50 per hour for someone to stand in line until they get there (in this case, several days later) so that the rich won’t have to wait in line themselves.

    I occasionally ask myself who makes up the “rules” about something like this, but it’s never sat right with me when someone suggests “I’ll hold your place in line.”
    When I get to a nightclub and my friends are ahead of others who’ve been waiting patiently, I go to the back. I figure my friends can join me in the back if they want to wait together, because I got there when I got there.
    I think when they’re giving out seats at the Supreme Court hearings, they should NOT start at the front of this convoluted line but should instead ask, “Who has been standing here since Thursday?” and start there,, no matter where those people are standing.
    And this “standing in line” dot-com business should be put out of business because it seems just plain rude.

  4. Bill says

    @eric: I think we should give Salvatore Cordileone a break (temporarily). There’s a new pope and he hasn’t had time to write up position papers and send them to his underlings.

    At this point, we don’t know if Cordileone is expressing his personal opinion or if he is simply saying what his former boss wanted him to say. So, let’s see if Cordileone’s position on same-sex marriage shifts a bit in the next few months.

    If it shifts, we know he simply regurgitates the party line. If it doesn’t, he might actually believe what he is saying and got where he was either by accident or in spite of himself. But usually, people don’t get to the level he is at without being good at politics, or at least good at polishing office doors (like Sir Joseph Porter in HMS Pinafore – “I never thought of thinking for myself at all and always voted at my party’s call; I thought so little they rewarded me by making me the ruler of the queen’s navy”).