AirTalk for March 26, 2013

Supreme Court oral arguments and analysis of CA's Prop 8 hearing

Supreme Court Hears Arguments On California's Prop 8 And Defense Of Marriage Act

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Andrea Grill (R) and Lee Ann Hopkins (L), from Alexandria VA. embrace after becoming engaged during a rally outside of the U.S Supreme Court, on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

After a long wait on both sides of the issue, California’s Prop 8 finally gets heard at the Supreme Court. During the first hour of our program, we’ll broadcast the recorded audio of oral arguments heard earlier today at the Supreme Court. After that, our team of experts will discuss and analyze what was said at the hearing.

RELATED: A guide to the Supreme Court arguments on California's Prop 8 gay marriage ban

Questions abound about how Chief Justice John Roberts will rule, as he is mostly a blank slate in this area. Present at the hearing will be Roberts’s cousin, one of the Chief Justice’s official guests, who is gay and wants to marry her partner. Does his invitation mean anything, or is he simply trying to keep the family happy? It was Roberts who surprised most analysts when he ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act last year. Will he provide another surprise?

What can we tell from the oral arguments and the Justices’ questions?

Guests:
Kitty Felde, KPCC reporter who is attending oral arguments

Jody Armour, Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, University of Southern California

Lisa McElroy, Professor of Law, Earle Mack School of Law, Drexel University; Supreme Court scholar

Greg Stohr, Supreme Court reporter, Bloomberg News

John Eastman, professor of law and former dean at Chapman University Law School; Chairman of the Board, National Organization of Marriage that lobbies against same-sex marriage; Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a public interest law firm affiliated with the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy; Eastman authored an amicus brief for the Proposition 8 case and one for the Defense of Marriage Act case.

Tara Borelli, Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal - National legal organization that advocates for civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people; Borelli co-authored an amicus brief for the DOMA case

 


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