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    Gay Law Clerks at SCOTUS to Influence Marriage Equality Rulings?

    There is expectation that the more gay welcoming environment at SCOTUS may have a role to play in the forthcoming rulings on marriage equality and DOMA.

    The atmosphere at the court today is far different from 1986 with a pace of change that may have surpassed that in the rest of society. Openly gay law clerks are now common in the chambers of both liberal and conservative justices. In January, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. formally admitted about 30 members of the National LGBT Bar Association to the Supreme Courtís bar, the first time lawyers with a gay legal group achieved that status.
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    Over the years, the courtís embrace of gay rights has closely tracked changes in popular attitudes, in the legal culture and, perhaps especially, in the visibility of openly gay people at the court. In 1986, when Justice Powell made his remark, there had never been an openly gay law clerk at the Supreme Court. At the time, it was often professionally hazardous for gay lawyers to come out.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/09/us...agewanted=1&hp

    1986 was the year of the 5 to 4 decision in Bowers vs. Hardwick, the case upholding the Georgia sodomy law.

    What do you think? It certainly can't hurt.

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    Re: Gay Law Clerks at SCOTUS to Influence Marriage Equality Rulings?

    Just needs a little more time and a little more patience for society is moving in a direction which will address the needs of all human life.

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    Re: Gay Law Clerks at SCOTUS to Influence Marriage Equality Rulings?

    I think the prevalence of gay service members weighed heavily on the responses the service members gave when surveyed prior to the repeal of DADT. It was damn near unanimous support for the LGB community.
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    Re: Gay Law Clerks at SCOTUS to Influence Marriage Equality Rulings?

    It will to some degree but as we've seen with many anti-gay politicians,having a gay or lesbian child or brother/sister etc doesn't make a damn bit of difference in passing anti-gay laws so I highly doubt knowing a gay/lesbian law clerk will matter.

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