Monday, June 26, 2017
Ghost Of Scalia Past
It's bittersweet that on the second anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court has handed the New Worst Person Who's Ever Lived a partial victory on his Muslim ban. We're trying not to think about that, though, and stay focused instead on how beautiful the White House looked on this night in 2015.
But more scary things are afoot. SCOTUS has agreed to hear why homophobic bakers shouldn't have to make cakes for gay weddings — in short, they'll decide whether the government of the United States will come down on the side of particular (and particularly intolerant) religions instead of guaranteeing public access to goods and services. That's a biggie. It's also a reminder that a right-wing lamebrain is sitting in Merrick Garland's stolen seat, which continues to outrage us.
That very lamebrain, in fact, dissented on one good thing the Supreme Court did today — guaranteeing same-sex couples the right to be listed as parents on their children's birth certificates. Now, honestly, who could oppose that? Answer: Thomas, Alito and yes, Gorsuch. See? Shudders all around.
Well, maybe we should all cheer up: Anthony Kennedy didn't announce his retirement yet. That — and getting through another heart-stopping last day of the current SCOTUS term — makes us PURR.