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People already are lined up at the Supreme Court for a chance to hear Tuesday and Wednesday's oral arguments on two major same-sex marriage cases.
People already are lined up at the Supreme Court for a chance to hear Tuesday and Wednesday's oral arguments on two major same-sex marriage cases.
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Top story: The politics of same-sex marriage have never been more favorable to advocates — of course, that’s just more skewed polling, according to the religious right.

  • The big question about the two cases being argued before the Supreme Court Tuesday and Wednesday: Will the Justices be bold or cautious on same-sex marriage rights? (The Washington Post)
  • The Associated Press has an excellent run down of all the way the dominoes could fall in the DOMA and Prop 8 cases. (The Associated Press)
  • Prefer to do your learning via flowchart? The New York Times has you covered, too. (The New York Times)
  • Oh, and did we mention: Chief Justice John Roberts’ lesbian cousin will be there. Should be an interesting Thanksgiving at the Roberts’ house this year. (The Los Angeles Times)
  • But before arguments begin, take a trip through memory lane with Justice Antonin Scalia and all the many wonderful remarks he’s made about gay people over the years. (Think Progress)
  • After that, read Will Portman’s tale of how he came out to his Republican Senator-Dad, Ohio’s Rob Portman, who is now in favor of same-sex marriage. (The Yale Daily News)
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, took to Tumblr – yes, Tumblr – to announce her new support for same-sex marriage. (Senator Claire McCaskill)
  • “Claire McCaskill could have presided over a gay wedding ceremony onstage at one of her debates with Todd Akin and still won that race.” (Josh Barro)
  • So why is same-sex marriage so much more popular with Americans than just a decade ago? Television is one reason. (The Fix)
  • “Support for gay marriage two decades ago was largely restricted to secular and highly educated urban dwellers. Increasingly, though, Baunach says, rural people, those with less education, and even religious people were showing signs of support.” (NPR)
  • Heck, Karl Rove says the GOP’s 2016 candidate could support same-sex marriage. Then again, Rove’s presidential math has been kind of shaky of late. (Political Wire)
  • But not every conservative is a believer. Gary Bauer, for one, won’t hear talk about “polls.” They’re “skewed”, you see. (Real Clear Politics)
  • Bauer’s argument? A majority of states have passed same-sex marriage bans. But take a look at one of those states: Ohio. It passed the measure 9 years ago with 62% in favor of a ban. Today, 54% support repeal. Of course, that’s likely the result of more skewed polling. (The Columbus Dispatch)
  • In the interest of journalistic fairness, we’d be remiss if we didn’t provide a link to the other side of the same-sex marriage debate. So here’s Jim Demint’s Heritage Foundation: “Gay Marriage, Then Group Marriage?” Classy. (Heritage Foundation)
  • The house across the street from the virulently anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church (the people who protest at military funerals) is now a rainbow-colored gay pride center. (Daily Intelligencer)

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