Court Hears Arguments on Prop 8

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in the case of California’s ban on same sex marriage. According to SCOTUSblog, the justices seemed divided on the constitutionality of the ban along ideological lines but several also expressed doubt whether the petitioners defending the ban have standing to appeal. One justice went even further suggesting that the case should be dismissed given that the social science of the effects of same-sex marriage is too new to be reliable. Court followers predict the justices will go one of two ways: ruling that the petitioners lack standing or dismissing the case because of an inability to reach a majority.