There have been no major surprises in the federal trial challenging California’s Proposition 8 and its ban on gay marriage.
U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker listened to the final arguments yesterday in San Francisco. A judgment is except later this summer.
I’m not trying to seem insensitive or disinterested, but the fact of the matter is this trial is legal equivalent of a NFL preseason game. Regardless of which side Walker decides in favor of, the issues is destined for appeals court and ultimately the Supreme Court. It seems unthinkable the SCOTUS wouldn’t agree to hear the case.
What has not diminished, as is most disconcerting, is some of the vitriol being shot out on both sides of the argument. There are ways of disagreeing civilly. Unfortunately, it isn’t happening as much as should, and that means both sides of the equation. Comments on the coverage by the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Times shows this unfortunate dynamic.