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SCOTUS and Passover: Freedom from Oppression?

March 24, 2013

In my view, the timing of the oral arguments in the “gay marriage cases” before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) could not be more ironic.

Per the SCOTUSblog, at, oral argument begins Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in the case of California’s Proposition 8 ban on gay marriages, Hollingsworth v. Perry (12-144).

In the case on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, United States v. Windsor (12-307), oral argument is set for hearing on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Why are these settings so ironic, and hopefully so propitious?

March 26 and 27 correspond this year to the first and second days of Passover or Pesach.

Many of us know the story of Passover: it is the story of the Exodus from Egypt by the Jewish People held there in bondage and freed under miraculous circumstances.

Inasmuch as the Passover observance celebrates freedom from oppression for the Jewish People, so may the oral arguments give rise to freedom from oppression with respect to same sex marriage.

The headlines and the internet are filled with intractable, sometimes vehement arguments on both sides, based perhaps on the religious views of those who are the loudest.

Maybe both sides, if they read the Haggadah, the telling of the  Jewish liberation from slavery, will find new light, or some precedent, in favor of freedom in this, our civil rights movement of the 21st Century.

At least, according to news sources, public opinion is swaying in favor of such freedom to marry.

Perhaps SCOTUS will be swayed too.

Happy Passover and the most fervent of wishes for freedom from oppression in all contexts.


From → Bubbe Meises, Law, Stories

  1. The irony is that our present SCOTUS seems oblivious to freedom and oppression, as witnessed by their allowing Citizens United to even exist.

  2. One can only hope. At least Chief Justice Roberts’ lesbian cousin will be attending the Prop 8 hearing. If he opts to continue the oppression, he will be reminded that his decisions impact his own cousin.

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