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The Notorious RBG on Gay Marriage Bans And Michigan

October 8, 2014

I am proud of it, so I’ll say it again: I love Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She stoked the fires of my admiration just this past week when talking about gay marriage bans, particularly those playing out, I am ashamed to say, in Michigan.

My partner and I joke that if we want to see how the backwards’ minds work, we look to Michigan. Michigan politics are so frequently backward and backwoods, that it’s often a matter of reading Michigan news to find another example of compelling evidence that there is a great mind suck happening in Michigan, a vacuum left by the most educated fleeing the state is sucking whatever brain power is left of our hapless inhabitants, and none could be more glaring lately than the gay marriage commentary. The Notorious RBG takes that on by saying that the Federal Supreme Court is watching the 6th Circuit, one of the most backward federal courts, to see if they are out of step with the nation. (There is ample proof that they are, having been remonstrated only in the last year or so for treating pro se plaintiffs so badly that they 6th Circuit was called out by the Federal Supreme Court of the United States, out of all the courts in the nation, for failing to grant pro se plaintiffs their rights.)

People seeking clues about how soon the Supreme Court might weigh in on states’ gay marriage bans should pay close attention to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a Minnesota audience Tuesday.

Ginsburg said cases pending before the circuit covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee would probably play a role in the high court’s timing. She said “there will be some urgency” if that appeals court allows same-sex marriage bans to stand. Such a decision would run contrary to a legal trend favoring gay marriage and force the Supreme Court to step in sooner, she predicted.

Reports on Ginsburg’s comments tell me two things 1) that the Federal Supreme Court is not looking to overturn the legal sweep happening nationwide that has thrown out gay marriage bans and 2) that should the Michigan/6th Circuit Contingent go agains the recent tide of overturning gay marriage bans, the 6th Circuit would once again emerge with egg on its face. It’s not a new trend for the 6th Circuit, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise, but I love the fact that Ginsburg is calling it out. Put it out there RBG!

Ginsburg credits this sweeping change with the open quality of dialogue about gay/lesbian relationships:

“Having people close to us who say who they are — that made the attitude change in this country,” Ginsburg said at the University of Minnesota Law School.

I love you, RBG. Always have, always will.

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