Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Cowardice in California

The California Supreme Court, by upholding the Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage but allowing the 18,000 people married before its passage to stay married, has now stomped on the very equal protection principles that it upheld in its original decision to allow gay marriage. If that sentence seems twisted and tongue-tied, so is the logic of the Court's cowardly opinion today.

More on cowardly decision. Los Angeles Times columnist Tim Rutten spells out chapter and verse about why six (out of seven) "clearly nervous justices" turned out a "morally incoherent decision."

More judicial news. According to the New York Times, Republicans are cogitating over whether an all-out fight against the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court would get them in more trouble with Hispanics than they already are. Why, um, no, why would they think that? :-)

1 comment:

Anne Gilbert said...

I don't know if this decision is "cowardly", exactly. What it is, is, um, very "legalistic". And I'm guessing that it will be overturned sometime in the not too distant future, one way or another.
Anne G