, 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?