Thursday, July 16, 2009

Judge Sotomayor Questioned on Marriage Equality in Senate Hearing

During the Judge Sonia Sotomayor senate hearings yesterday, Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) asked her a question related to marriage equality, but she refused to answer citing that an answer could affect the cases currently in the court system that are dealing with the issue.

However, Grassley pressed for an answer and referred to the Minnesota Baker v. Nelson case, in which the state Supreme Court ruled against two men applying for a marriage license. Sotomayor remarked she would have to review the case and return with comments.

This line of questioning is not surprising since many believe that the federal case against Prop 8 and the federal cases coming out of Massachusetts could make it to the Supreme Court. Leave it to a conservative senator to first bring it up and try to figure out how a possible future Supreme Court judge would rule.

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