More on the "5-4 Court"
Only 5 days ago I wrote about the Supreme Court's decision to lift the restrictions on Corporations campaign spending. I labeled the court the "5-4 Court" and as far as I'm concerned, until they demonstrate some allegiance to the constitution rather than ideology or political affiliation, that's who they'll remain. It's the one stumbling block I fear will halt the current Prop 8 trial, which in its current incarnation, is proving powerful against the opposition, literally wiping the floor with supporters of Prop 8.
But if the Supreme Court truly has become the "5-4 Court", I find it hard to imagine any success for LGBT rights on a federal level. 5 of the "5-4 Court" are simply not ruling based on the constitution, they're now ruling according to party affiliation. Despite the fact that it's obvious and insidiously tramples on the foundation of this nation, they'll continue to get away with it, at least until we can stack the deck with rational, thoughtful justices, instead of pawns for the shameful conservative "movement" in this nation.
Mark Sherman of the Associated Press authored a piece on Jan 23rd, on the same subject.
Thursday's decision to strike down restrictions on corporate campaign spending more than 60 years old was the third time in nine days that the court divided 5-4, with liberals on one side and conservatives on the other. The other cases involved an appeal from a death row inmate in Georgia and the prospect of broadcasting a gay marriage trial in California.
The rulings demonstrate the extent to which ideology - not fidelity to precedent or a particular interpretation of the Constitution - is the driving force on the court.