Before I get into the meat of the court cases, I’d like to say that I’m so encouraged and uplifted by the social reaction I’ve seen around me. Maybe it’s because I live in D[em].C. , maybe it’s because I’m part of several particularly socially liberal subcultures, but I’ve seen so much support from a wide range of people. From Democrats to Republicans, from freelance artists to engineers to enlisted military personnel. And it has made my heart swell. I can see that I am part of a generation that is turning the tide on something that was once, and still is, so controversial. It’s happening. We’re doing it. We are powerful and I am proud.
A Quick Aside:
I’d never listened to an actual Supreme Court brief before, and I found it kind of surprising. There were specific allotments of time where each party and the Solicitor General were allowed to make their cases, but otherwise there was a surprising lack of structure. The advocates were hardly ever allowed to speak for more than 20 seconds without being interrupted by the Justices, which resulted in an occasionally hostile and disjointed environment. At several points it was difficult for me to tell who was speaking, what they were arguing, and even which side they were advocating for. Overall it was an extremely interesting look into our nation’s judicial system. If you’d like to listen to it yourself, here are the audio and written transcripts.
Some Useful References (because “legal-speak”, amirite?!): Continue reading