Another issue that should be left to the states.

Now, it’s a big, big day at the Supreme Court.

There was a snowstorm, six inches, but it has not stopped the long lines of people trying to get in to watch oral arguments at the Supreme Court on gay marriage and specifically the constitutionality of Proposition 8 in California. And guess what? The LA Times is reporting today that a lesbian who is the cousin of the chief justice is going to attend oral arguments. “Jean Podrasky, 48, a lesbian who wants to marry her partner, will be at Tuesday’s US Supreme Court hearing on Proposition 8 in seating reserved for family members and guests of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

“‘I am so excited,’ said Podrasky, an accountant and the first cousin of the chief justice on his mother’s side. ‘I feel quite honored and overwhelmed.'” Now, the LA times says, “Roberts 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 US 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 … 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.'” So, you see, folks, the pressure is being brought to bear on these justices any way possible.

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