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Chief Justice John Roberts' Lesbian Cousin Will Attend The Supreme Court's Prop 8 Hearing

Chief Justice John Roberts will have a gay relative in the audience as he hears arguments over Proposition 8 on Tuesday. Jean Podrasky, Roberts' 48-year-old liberal lesbian cousin who wants to marry her partner will be watching, the L.A. Times reports:

RobertsRoberts is a conservative appointed by President George W. Bush in 2005. Podrasky, who is more liberal, said she rooted for his nomination to be approved by the U.S. Senate. “He is family,”  she said.

Podrasky lives in San Francisco and usually sees Roberts only on family occasions. His mother is her godmother, whom she adores. She said Roberts knows she is gay and introduced her along with other relatives during his Senate confirmation hearing. She hopes he will meet her partner of four years, Grace Fasano, during their Washington visit. The couple flew to Washington on Sunday.

“He is a smart man,” she said. “He is a good man. I believe he sees where the tide is going. I do trust him. I absolutely trust that he will go in a good direction.”


Adopted Son of Gay Dads Writes Powerful Letter on Marriage Equality to SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts: VIDEO

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Daniel, the 12-year-old son of the Leffew Family in Northern California (you may have seen some of their videos online), wrote a powerful letter to Chief Justice Roberts about the Prop 8 and DOMA cases, after reading that Roberts has two adopted children of his own.

Watch Daneil read his letter, AFTER THE JUMP...

Last week National Organization for Marriage Chairman John Eastman smeared Justice Roberts and his family by calling adopted children "second-best".

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NOM Chair John Eastman Denies Smearing Chief Justice John Roberts and His 'Second-Best' Adopted Kids

NOM Chairman John Eastman says he didn't mean to tell the Associated Press that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts' adopted kids were "second-best".

EastmanSaid Eastman in the AP story:

Gay marriage opponents said they are not worried about the votes of Roberts and Thomas.

"You're looking at what is the best course societywide to get you the optimal result in the widest variety of cases. That often is not open to people in individual cases. Certainly adoption in families headed, like Chief Roberts' family is, by a heterosexual couple, is by far the second-best option," said John Eastman, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage. Eastman also teaches law at Chapman University law school in Orange, Calif.

Writes Eastman in a statement today:

"An article by the Associated Press, excised in part by The Huffington Post, grossly misrepresents my views on adoption. I believe that couples who adopt children are heroes and do a great service to society, and to the children they adopt. I strongly believe, based on thousands of years of experience and countless social science studies, that children do best when raised by a mother and a father within the bounds of marriage. I commend all those couples who selflessly give of themselves to raise a child who, through no fault of her own, has been deprived of a mother and father. There is nothing 'second best' about adoption."


A Look at Supreme Court Justice John Roberts and Gay Marriage

The Wall Street Journal's Jess Bravin looks at Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and the upcoming case on DOMA and Proposition 8 the Court will be considering at the end of the month:

RobertsChief Justice Roberts doubtless knows "that history is going in a certain direction," even if he isn't persuaded that the Constitution requires invalidation of laws denying recognition to gay marriages, said Richard Pildes, a law professor at New York University. If that leads him to side against Mr. Obama's position, it could place the chief justice in "a tragic kind of position—knowing how a decision they believe is correct today is going to look bad 15 years down the road."...

...Legal experts say that how the chief justice expresses his position on gay marriage—whether he writes his own opinion or joins that of another justice—could be as significant as how he votes. Should he vote to uphold either or both of the laws against gay marriage, his opinions will be parsed for indications of his attitude toward gay couples and whether he writes favorably of political trends that could expand gay marriage without court intervention.

Under that alternative, in 20 years he could say, "See, we said this is a matter for legislative resolution and not judicial resolution, and things turned out well," said Harvard law professor Mark Tushnet. "To be able to do that, the opinion has to be very carefully written to make it clear that the court is taking no position on the merits of gay marriage."

On a side note, the Chairman of the National Organization for Marriage John Eastman smeared Roberts yesterday for giving his adopted children the "second-best" option. Whether that smear has any effect on his thinking about fairness and equality may never be known.

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Roberts Worked Behind the Scenes on Gay Rights Case [tlrd]


NOM Chair Calls Supreme Court Justice John Roberts' Decision to Adopt Children a 'Second-Best' Option

A new AP story takes a look at the families of the Supreme Court justices and looks at how their personal lives might affect cases they take on.

SecondbestThe article notes that Justices John Roberts and Clarence Thomas both have adopted children and contains a particularly offensive quote from NOM Chair John Eastman:

"The diversity of the family lives of the justices mirrors the diversity of American families overall," said Andrew Cherlin, a Johns Hopkins University sociologist who studies families and public policy.

Cherlin, who does not follow the high court especially closely, wondered whether the gay marriage cases might take on a similar dynamic. "If justices consider their own family lives in these cases, it may change the way they rule," he said.

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Gay marriage opponents said they are not worried about the votes of Roberts and Thomas.

"You're looking at what is the best course societywide to get you the optimal result in the widest variety of cases. That often is not open to people in individual cases. Certainly adoption in families headed, like Chief Roberts' family is, by a heterosexual couple, is by far the second-best option," said John Eastman, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage. Eastman also teaches law at Chapman University law school in Orange, Calif.


President Obama Officially Sworn In For Second Term: VIDEO

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President Obama's second term has officially begun!

The president, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters joined Chief Justice John Roberts in the White House's Blue Room today for a private swearing in. The president placed his right hand on a copy of the Bible from his wife's collection as he retook the oath of office, an oath he'll take again tomorrow in front of a far larger crowd.

Until then, watch President Obama be sworn in for his second term AFTER THE JUMP.

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