Singing from the same song sheet

December 9, 2012

A very liberal one. Here’s the Old York Times’ Adam Nagourney, on the Supreme Court’s consideration of gay marriage, entitled “Worry Tempers Joy Over Gay Marriage’s Moment in Court“:

Within moments of the announcement on Friday that the Supreme Court would hear two cases relating to same-sex marriage, gay activists rejoiced, heralding the decision as a major advancement for their movement.

“Today’s news is nothing short of a milestone moment for equality,” said Chad Griffin, a champion of the legal challenge to Proposition 8, the California initiative passed in November 2008 that banned same-sex marriage and is now heading to the Supreme Court.

Yet amid the celebration, there were signs of concern over how the Supreme Court might rule. The fact that the Supreme Court is hearing the cases hardly means it is about to ratify same-sex marriage. As supporters and opponents said in interviews, the court might well use these cases to find that there is no constitutional protection for same-sex marriage.

Note that the piece is told almost entirely from the perspective of gay marriage supporters. The Supreme Court’s potential destruction of thousands of years of axiomatic tradition? “Joy” Protecting marriage? “Worry.”

Not to be outdone, Mark Sherman of AP follows with “Hope and fear in gay marriage cases at high court”

Gay marriage supporters see 41 reasons to fret over the Supreme Court’s decision to take up the case of California’s ban on same-sex unions.

While nine states allow same-sex partners to marry, or will soon, 41 states do not. Of those, 30 have written gay marriage bans into their state constitutions.

That fact is worrisome to those who firmly believe there is a constitutional right to marry, regardless of sexual orientation, but who also know that the Supreme Court does not often get too far ahead of the country on hot-button social issues.

“Mindful of history, I can’t help but be concerned,” said Mary Bonauto, director of the Civil Rights Project at Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders and a leader in the state-by-state push for marriage equality.

You don’t hear from conservatives until… paragraph 20! You’d think these “reporters” were biased or something.

4 Responses to Singing from the same song sheet

  1. Lyle on December 9, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Look for Roberts to use this as a way to build more street cred as a moderate, and take this issue off the table for future elections. Plus, a lot of influential republicans are gay, ken mehlman, Karl rove, Dan Reil condalisa rice….

  2. Eva Moscowitz on December 9, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Hmm, if only there was someone with an anal fixation who could leave a witty comment . . .

  3. Setnaffa on December 9, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Hey Lyle! How ya been?

  4. allie on December 10, 2012 at 5:12 am

    I don’t remember where I read comment the other day but it so clearly explains gay sex. You are not supposed to put your pee pee where you poo poo.