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.
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?
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