Profoundly Confused by Analysis of the SCOTUS Oral Arguments on Gay Marriage


It always confuses me how special rights are equal rights.
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The Supreme Court had oral arguments today on Proposition 8 in California, same-sex marriage. This is another thing that confused me, because what happened, people started sending me tweets from the SCOTUSblog. Now, the SCOTUSblog, Supreme Court of the United States, is a blog run by people who apparently are excellent at interpreting the questions and comments made by the justices during oral arguments and then making predictions on how the case will end up based on that.

So I’m getting all of these tweets, and they’re very conflicting. But I’m being told that they all mean the same thing, but I’m looking at ’em and they can’t possibly mean the same thing. Here’s the upshot of it. Oral arguments were held today, and the Bloomberg story on this — and the SCOTUSblog people made note of this as well — the US Supreme Court raised the prospect that it will decline to say whether the Constitution gives homosexuals the right to marry in an argument that reveals a deep divide among the justices.

Now, the SCOTUSblog said unequivocally… This was not a prediction from these guys. They said that after oral arguments, there were not five votes to invalidate Prop 8. That’s the first thing. They said that after they’d studied the oral argument questions and comments and so forth from both lawyers (all the justices that participated), that there were not five votes to essentially legalize same-sex marriage. There were not five votes to overturn Prop 8.



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