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tacocat  ·  1491 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: In Narrow Decision, Supreme Court Sides With Baker Who Turned Away Gay Couple

    Why is Gorsuch a justice at all?


Call me naive but I think one way or another this kind of discrimination will be outlawed. I'm not one of those dick head atheists who can quote (many) fucked up biblical verses that can be used to justify abhorrent things. I think anti miscegination laws were based on the Bible. I'm not super enthused about this ruling either. Seems like an attempt to tread lightly and effectively provide no answer in order not to offend either side too much. I think the justices were trying to serve two masters, but I think it will end up being mostly irrelevant due to its narrow scope. I could totally be wrong though. The supreme court can be like a black box of legal interpretation.


If you're into podcasts I think that's the one that deals with the case that struck down sodomy laws. The plaintiffs were pretty sketchy but the laws were so obviously unconstitutional that it didn't matter. I feel like this case was not so clear cut that the judges felt comfortable setting broad precedent with it and are either deferring to later legislation or waiting for a tighter case. Or are just assholes like Clarence Thomas and probably a couple others.

blackbootz  ·  1491 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I agree that the Court seems more aware of reputational damage than in previous Chief-Justiceships. Roberts feels like he's presiding over a Court that is pissing off the people more and more... and yet, they went out of their way here to select a case destined to piss lots of people off, and then rule in such a way so as to not actually give any one side a victory. It's the worst of both worlds. Torpedo it's reputation (during Pride month no less) but not actually give religious practitioners any substantive victory.

Know what opinion the Court issues when it realizes that, after granting cert., it doesn't want to issue an opinion?

    The writ of certiorari is dismissed as improvidently granted.

    It is so ordered.

tacocat  ·  1491 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'd not even considered why they didn't just decline to hear that case which is a good question