The No-See Marriage-Equality Show

Seats to this week’s U.S. Supreme Court show starring gay/lesbian marriage were going for $6,000 per. The going fee for place holding in the line to get in to the courthouse for the main feature was up to $30 and hour.

There’s something just unseemly about that, or so it seems to me.

The one thing that popped into my mind was, I hoped all this clamor and hoopla isn’t going to the heads of the main actors in this performance, because it isn’t about them. It’s about the cases that were going to be before them — which are about the right gay and lesbian people to marry people who are the same gender.

After hearing news reports today about the first of the two cases the Supreme Court is hearing, turns out, I was wrong. The justices made it pretty clear, they think the hoopla is, indeed, all about them.

As Rachel Maddow pointed out on TRMS tonight, the lawyers who had been given short-leash timelines to present their oral arguments could hardly get a word in edgewise between a barrage of questions delivered by the justices — except for the ever-silent one who, in the courtroom sketches of the proceedings — appeared to be asleep.

No wonder he, at least, doesn’t want cameras in their courtroom. At least they haven’t banned sketch artists yet.


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