When to Expect the Marriage Rulings

The Supreme Court handed down five rulings this morning, which leaves six more to go, including the two marriage equality cases and the Voting Rights Act case. At the end of the session, the chief justice announced that there would be another session tomorrow at 10 am. But that likely won’t be the last one either. The chief justice usually makes an announcement at the end of the next-to-last session but did not do so, which likely means there will be another session after tomorrow. So look for those rulings tomorrow morning, Wednesday or Thursday. Whenever they come out, I’ll certainly have many things to say about them.

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About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • John Pieret

    Even the Supreme Court loves drama.

    Maybe Scalia is demanding time to read out his dissent(s) again (which would be a good thing).

  • http://www.jafafahots.com Jafafa Hots

    With this court I am not expecting to be happy with the rulings.

  • Randomfactor

    When? With this court, at the last possible moment. No sense letting those California gays marry one minute before they have to, right?

    (And of course it doesn’t take effect right away. Even if they overturn Prop 8 and don’t just rely on standing issues, there’s STILL another delay to sort out all the paperwork.)

  • vmanis1

    As I said in an earlier thread, I wouldn’t necessarily read anything particular into the delay on the marriage cases. Decisions are read in reverse order of seniority, and all this probably means is that the decisions were written by one of: Thomas, Kennedy, Scalia, or Roberts. Since I’d kind of expect a positive decision to be written by Kennedy (as the Compromiser-in-Chief), the delay is to be expected.

    I would be happy to provide equally accurate weather and market forecasts as well :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1468751142 Kevin

    Last week, Scalia gave a speech in North Carolina decrying “non-elected judges” making “moral” decisions.

    Seems to me he’s given everyone who cared to listen a clear signal that the court decided in favor of equal rights, and he’s not happy about it.

    I’m still hoping he has his stroke before 2014 is over. Eat those bacon cheeseburgers, Tony.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatches Ed Brayton


    The opinions are announced in the order of seniority of the justice writing the majority opinion, but only within a single day. The next day, they’ll start over with the decisions they’re going to announce and do it in the order of seniority.

  • dustbunny

    Kevin (#5), I hope you’re right about that speech. But, um…I don’t think wishing a stroke on anyone is a particularly kind thing to do, no matter how much you may disagree with them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1468751142 Kevin

    @7: Fuck “kind”. He’s toxic. The sooner he’s off the court, the better.

    I’m not obligated to be “kind” to everyone I meet, nor everyone I agree with, nor everyone I disagree with. And If I wish the man ill health, that’s my right.

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    @dustbunny #7 – One cannot respond with kindness to power-mongering, hypocritical bigots. I agree with Kevin: the sooner he is off the court, the better. Even an Obama “moderate” will be better than this hard-core fascist.

  • whheydt

    According to news reports citing Chief Justice Roberts, the answer to the question posed in the thread title is…Wednesday, 26 June 2013. (The full date being to forestall some of the usual jokes…ones I would be tempted to make.)