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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:04 PM
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Omen For Prop 8 Battle?
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Omen For Prop 8 Battle?
Posted on Jan 17, 2010


The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that anti-gay advocates, not gays, would face undue public hostility if video court proceedings were streamed online.

Many fear a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court may be an omen on how the court will rule if a Proposition 8 legal battle arrives in Washington. The 5-4 decision ruled that Internet streaming of cases would cause a hostile public climate for anti-gay marriage advocates. JCL

The LA Times:

The U.S. Supreme Court cast its first vote last week on the legal challenge to Californias voter initiative barring same-sex marriage, and some experts said it was a bad omen for those who hope gays and lesbians will win a constitutional right to such unions.

The 5-4 decision, with conservatives in the majority, intervened in the San Francisco district court trial on behalf of the defenders of Proposition 8.

The high court rebuked U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn Walker for seeking to give the public a chance to view the proceedings on the Internet. In its opinion, the majority saw the dispute through the same lens as the opponents of gay marriage and decided that theynot homosexualsfaced a hostile public climate of harassment and intimidation.

The lawyers challenging the California measure hope to build a convincing case that gays and lesbians, like other minorities, suffer from prejudice and bigotry that requires a remedy from the courts.

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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:08 PM
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1. That is not good news.
All the more reason to support the Democratic majority. We may get to appoint new SCOTUS justices.
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sharesunited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:09 PM
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2. Sure, just like racists look bad when the light of day is shined upon them.
Supreme Court protection from looking bad as the result of the positions you hold.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:13 PM
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3. Recommend -- I didn't think it was good news
But it wasn't 't regarded that way here.
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Chulanowa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:05 PM
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4. Oh no, not public hostility for people who deserve it!
Anything but that!
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:45 PM
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5. The conservatives on the Supreme Court have no honor.
Their inability to be decent jurists has been revealed repeatedly. They're right wing errand boys.
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