Friday, June 21, 2013

Waiting for the SCOTUS

June is approaching its end. The latest prediction is that the SCOTUS will announce its rulings for both the DOMA and Prop 8 cases June 26 or 27.

Gay Rights groups still appear hopeful while the religious right appears to be preparing for bad news while still trying to influence the court.

The latest is a "Marriage Solidarity Statement," put together by Liberty Council, claiming that the SCOTUS has no authority to redefine marriage and vowing to resist any ruling in favor of equality. Last November Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council said a legalization could lead to civil war.

One continues to wonder what planet these people live on?

First of all, the SCOTUS is not about to issue a blanket statement declaring Gay Marriage a constitutional right. With this court, we'll be lucky if we don't get saddled with a Dred Scott or Separate but Equal sort of decision that sets marriage equality back 10 years.

The most I believe we can hope for is the striking down of DOMA and allowing the lower court ruling that Prop 8 is unconstitutional stand on procedural grounds.

My fear is that the court will use procedural grounds to let DOMA stand and defer to the California Supreme Court ruling on Prop 8 which would reinstate it as California law.

I just don't trust this court.

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