Towleroad Talking Points: Prop 8 at the Nation's Highest Court

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BY SAM GREISMAN

A look back at today's top stories

PROP 8 TRIAL

It was a momentous day in Washington where the plaintiffs in the Prop 8 case got their moment in front of the Supreme Court. You can listen to the full audio from today's proceedings here. As casual observers and pundits alike are scrambling to weigh in on what the court might be thinking now, our Ari Ezra Waldman has a comprehensive two-part breakdown that is one-stop shopping for a legal perspective on the hearings. Check out Part 1 here and Part 2 here

SCOTUSblog's initial opinion is that the court will not uphold or strike down Prop 8 and thus the law will remain invalidated. A victory...of sorts. Other prognosticators seem to also be indicating that the justices are concerned about the issue of "standing" and thus the court may not want to make a ruling on the case. 

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Though Ted Olson said that he has "no idea" which way the justices may be leaning, he and David Boies (along with the plaintiffs) were all smiles as they addressed the media. Prop 8 supporters Charles Cooper and Andrew Pugno also spoke to the media, albeit with much less fanfare

All in all it was an important and memorable day at the Supreme Court; even NOM's Maggie Gallagher made an appearance at the pro-equality rally

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VIDEOS OF THE DAY

Don Lemon of CNN had Heritage Foundation Scholar Ryan Anderson on his show yesterday and totally shut the "scholar" down when he attempted to tell Lemon that gay marriage was not illegal. Also Rachel Maddow previewed the DOMA and Prop 8 cases

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  1. Hmmmm. Maybe someone didn't read Ari Ezra Waldman's posts but it seems to me that SCOTUS's sole option to not rule would be based on lack of standing. Any other outcome requires a ruling on the merits or other details. But a no standing decision would stop their involvement and leave the lower courts rulings in tact. A victory, small but still a victory.

    Of course, it could be me that misread Mr. Waldman's posts. It which case he may decline to sleep with me. A loss for all concerned.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Mar 26, 2013 11:52:03 PM


  2. "Eagerly anticipating today's Supreme Court autopsy regarding the impending death of DOMA after its 17-year DOMA Coma!" ~The Reverend Timmy

    "T" for Trusting (Supreme Court of the United States) - Today is the Historic Today!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYQBLJs-C_w

    "Deep in my heart, I do believe, that we shall overcome the evil myth of heterosexual-supremacy!" ~ The Reverend Timmy, also known as The White-Haired Harbinger of Gratitude.

    Posted by: Tim&Earlwoh | Mar 27, 2013 7:58:36 AM


  3. >> SCOTUSblog's initial opinion is that the court will not uphold or strike down Prop 8 and thus the law will remain invalidated... Other prognosticators seem to also be indicating that the justices are concerned about the issue of "standing" and thus the court may not want to make a ruling on the case.

    Umm, is it just really early in the day and I'm being stupid? What's the difference between not making a ruling and choosing not to uphold or strike down Prop 8?

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 27, 2013 8:08:50 AM


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