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  •  I got a somewhat warmer feeling (12+ / 0-)

    Reading the brief I got a somewhat better feeling than Adam did about it.

    First, the Administration filed a brief - that in itself was apparently in question.

    Second, the brief wasn't narrowly tailored to the "had a right that was taken away" argument that would have applied to California and only California.

    Third, it directly goes to the recognition of domestic partnerships as being discriminatory vs. marriage.

    And fourth, it asks for heightened scrutiny that could form the foundation for recognition of these marriages between states, and the recognition of gay marriages at the Federal level, and further on down the line the national recognition of gay marriage.

    Could it have gone further? Yeah. But I think this brief lays out a persuasive argument that moves the ball significantly down the field.

    Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

    by Phoenix Rising on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 06:15:35 PM PST

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