On Adamize, Sahil tells Adam that the Supreme Court will likely avoid ruling on Prop 8 but strike down DOMA. Adam notes that the attorneys defending both laws seemed unwilling to substantively criticize same-sex marriage. They consider the parallels with the Court’s past rulings on interracial marriage and abortion. Could Clarence Thomas surprise liberals by voting to strike down DOMA? Adam says he was surprised that John Roberts was so hostile to gay-rights arguments. Sahil wonders whether the court’s conservatives were the ones who really wanted to take the marriage cases. Finally, what kind of legacy will the Roberts Court leave on gay rights?
Adam Frank, author of the new book Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth, speculates that climate change may be the “great filter” that stops extraterrestrial civilizations from reaching maturity.
Ross Douthat, author of the new book To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism, speaks to Father William Dailey about the relevance of the Vatican to the lives of most Catholics.