Sunday, May 01, 2005

Doyle's Day in Court

Tomorrow, the Catholic Action League's appeal on same-sex marriage goes before the entire Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts. This is the suit rejected last November by a single judge of the same court (Justice Roderick Ireland). The League's executive director, C.J. Doyle appealed.

The gist of it is that he claims his right for a fair discussion on same-sex marriage can't be held while same sex-marriages are going on. He wants them stopped until the proposed amendment to the commonwealth constitution gets on the ballot for 2006's constitutional convention.

As his lawyer, Chester Darling said today, "What we're saying is that the dialogue, the robust debate that should be taking place, is being affected and shaped by the continuing marriages." There are many complex legal issues surrounding this, but the ability to debate sure doesn't seem to be one of them.

Arguing that there is no basis for any sort of time-out or mulligan for the marriages, and that Doyle has no damages to claim, will be both the Attorney General Tom Riley and GLAD attorney Michele Granda. I'd give Doyle slim to no chance on this shot in the dark.

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