Thursday, February 23, 2012

Brian Brown thinks that his constituency is even dumber than he is

National Organization for Marriage's Brian Brown will never be accused for being the sharpest knife in the drawer. However even he cannot possibly believe that his supporters are this stupid.

According to Brown, Same-Sex Marriage Activists Desperate to Avoid Supreme Court. The "proof" of his hypothesis?
The New York Times lets the cat out of the bag: "Many gay rights advocates breathed a sigh of relief. They had long been wary of the Proposition 8 suit, preferring a state-by-state litigation and lobbying strategy over betting the farm on a case that was likely to end up in the United States Supreme Court. Some said they hoped the justices would now decline to hear an idiosyncratic case affecting a single state."
First of all, exactly who is avoiding the Supreme Court? If the inequality folks were so confident, then why did they choose to appeal to the 9th Circuit en banc rather than directly to the Supreme Court.

"Let the cat out of the bag?" So Mr. Brown thinks that the Times is in on strategy sessions? Really? Neither the New York Times nor gay rights advocates are making decisions about the direction of this case. Apparently, Brown missed the part where the Times goes on to explain:
The winning lawyers, on the other hand, have long maintained that their ultimate destination is the Supreme Court, and it was not clear if they would be content with a victory limited to California. They said they would oppose a request for Supreme Court review, though perhaps not very strenuously. 

“The Ninth Circuit’s decision is clearly correct, applying Supreme Court precedent to the facts, and normally that would make it tougher to get Supreme Court review,” said one of the lawyers, Theodore J. Boutrous Jr. “But we recognize that this case presents exceedingly important constitutional issues and that the Supreme Court is likely to take a close look at a petition from the antimarriage forces. We’re ready for whatever happens.”
The appeal to the 9th Circuit is a white flag. It signals that NOM and their allies are trying to delay, for as long as possible, the inevitable; That national marriage equality is now a foregone conclusion. The might as well be attempting to prevent the calendar from rolling over at the end of each month.

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