Linda Greenhouse writes about the last time the Supreme Court was presented with a case involving the constitutionality of marriage bans. In 1972, the court unanimously dismissed a case "for want of a substantial federal question." Next week's oral arguments in two landmark marriage cases will follow several years of national discussion about the issue and a sea change in public opinion, conditions that are likely to produce much richer opinions from the Court, Greenhouse writes. The appeal in the Proposition 8 case might stop at the issue of whether marriage equality opponents have standing to bring the case, an outcome that would reinstate marriage rights in California.
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