What time are you waking up Wednesday? The rulings on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act will be announced at 10 a.m. Eastern time — 7 a.m. Pacific time — and I imagine many of my fellow Californians rolling out of bed before then, getting their personal electronic devices revved up for the day and then just … hunching over them, waiting. I'll make it 6 a.m., just to be on the safe side. Or maybe I just won't sleep at all.
It’s been four years and seven months since Proposition 8 passed — and some days, but who's obsessing? And when the federal case against it was first filed, I thought, “Are you kidding? This country, this set of Supreme Court justices, are not prepared at this point in time to do something so progressive on gay rights.”
Of course, the court system is slow and attitudes toward same-sex marriage changed even faster than expected. Now it seems quite plausible, but far from certain, that Proposition 8 will be struck down, though quite likely on less than the sweeping constitutional grounds that it should be.
The possibilities are many. The court could: