One more day or five . . .

“No matter how it rules, the Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges will go down as one of the biggest cases in recent memory.  There are actually two questions before the Court in the four cases, which hail from Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and Michigan:  whether the Constitution allows states to prohibit same-sex marriage; and whether states can refuse to recognize, or give effect to, the marriages of same-sex couples who were married in another state where same-sex marriage is legal.

Two years ago, Justice Kennedy joined the Court’s four more liberal Justices to strike down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that defined marriage, for purposes of over a thousand federal laws and programs, as a union between a man and a woman only.  So all eyes were on him at the oral arguments in April.  He was hard to read, with tough questions for both sides, but supporters of same-sex marriage can take some comfort from the fact that he had virtually no questions during the section of the argument devoted to the question whether states have to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere – after all, that question only matters if the Court rules that there is no right to same-sex marriage.   Will Kennedy join the more liberal Justices again and solidify his position as an ‘unlikely gay rights icon‘ by ruling in favor of same-sex marriage?  We will know soon enough.”

The Court is expected to rule tomorrow or Monday.

The Supreme Court’s schedule

Just in case anyone is checking here rather than on the normal news sources, the Supreme Court did not issue the Obergefell v. Hodges opinions today, however, they announced that they will issue some more case opinions on Thursday at 10:00a.  They will also likely issue case opinions next Monday.

Apparently everything has been issued except the Texas Fair Housing Act case, the Arizona redistricting commission case, King v. Burwell, Michigan v. EPA, Johnson v. US, Obergefell v. Hodges, and Glossip v. Gross.

You may want to go to SCOTUSblog ( for additional detail and analysis.

Readings for Rights, Wrongs & Rings

The following links are to the “assigned” reading materials.  They represent a range of views, and may help you think through the issues:

Tony Tucci, Homosexuality: The Biblical-Christian View,

Brief of Douglas Laycock, Thomas C. Berg, David Blankenhorn, Marie A Failinger and Edward McGlynn Gaffney, as Amici Curiae in Support of the Petitioners, Obergefell v. Hodges, Case Nos. 14-556, 14-562, 14-571, and 14-574 (March 6, 2015),d.aWw  [This is a download.]

A View from the Courtroom, Same-Sex Marriage Edition, SCOTUSblog (April 28, 2015)

Amy Howe, No clear answers on same-sex marriage: In Plain English, SCOTUSblog (April 28, 2015)

Robert P. George, Marriage and Equal Protection, The Witherspoon Institute: Public Discourse (May 1, 2015)

Abigail Rine, What is Marriage to Evangelical Millenials? First Things (May 14, 2015).

Tony Campolo, For the Record, (June 8, 2015).

Matthew Parris, As a gay atheist, I want to see the church oppose same-sex marriage, The Spectator (May 27, 2015)

Julie Rodgers, Can the Gay be a Good?