Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Matter of Time

What happens when one walks into a law suit and can't find the defendant? In San Francisco yesterday, no one appeared at the dais where an attorney for Governor Brian Sandoval (R) was expected. But then again, many of us already expected this to happen.

Yet how many court watchers were expecting this? Perhaps they needed to pay closer attention to what Monte Stewart had to say about Brown v. Board of Education.

Yesterday, Sevcik v. Sandoval received its day in court at the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals. But since the State of Nevada decided to drop its legal defense of the Question 2 marriage ban. That's why Monte Stewart and these crispy critters were left to defend their sacred cow of discrimination.

Judging from the three judges on yesterday's panel and their reactions to oral arguments, supporters of equality have plenty of reasons to feel optimistic. And perhaps this is why opponents have turned up the bombast as they continue their last ditch attempt at saving their prized "political issue" of "segregation laws".

Over the past five years, we've witnessed remarkable progress on LGBTQ civil rights. And deep down, we always knew this was coming. It was just a matter of time.

And now, the time finally seems to be coming. Think about that. And keep in mind the empty spot in that San Francisco federal courthouse where Governor Sandoval's lawyer was supposed to defend the Question 2 marriage ban. This is simply a matter of time.

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