Recalling the Grand, Old Party

Recalling the Grand, Old Party

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May 16 2008 12:04 PM

Recalling the Grand, Old Party

A fairly remarkable fact that has not gotten the attention it deserves:

If I'm not mistaken, of the eight justices in the majorities in Goodridge (Massachusetts) and In re Marriage Cases (California), seven of them are Republican appointees.


And the current Republican governor of California was quick out of the box to say that he respects the court's opinion and does not support the initiative to overturn it this November.

I'll leave it to others to discuss what, if anything, this says about the past or future of the GOP.

Marty Lederman teaches constitutional law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He was deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel 2009-10 and an attorney advisor in OLC 1994-2002. He has been a regular contributor to several legal blogs, including Just Security, Balkinization, and SCOTUSblog.

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