Monday, February 01, 2010

Prop. 8 from Both Sides

If the California same-sex marriage battle in federal court seems complex, Slate offers all the reminders you need. In A road map to Perry. v. Schwarzenegger, a law professor and a lawyer draw on the virtual white board.

There's nothing new in the lengthy piece. On the other hand, the complex arguments and what the federal judge faces in deciding now that we are at closing statements are myriad and befuddling. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker might favor or disfavor this or that approach.

We interested voyeurs are on hold. The sides have 30 days to prepare their final rhetoric, reason and flourish. Then they make closing arguments and wait with the rest of us. Afterward, the losing side will surely do their best to get this up to the Supreme Court, which may or may not consider it.

If the legislative process is messy sausage making, such slow and intricate court cases are slower and more methodical. Think watching to see when and even if the waves will reach your beautiful sand castle.

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