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In this and most cases, oral argument makes no difference b/c justices already have made up their minds 2/2 #AskVU
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foxbeth @foxbeth What's the most surprising/interesting part about observing a #SCOTUS case in person? Any insights you can offer about the justices? #AskVU

It's a neat experience everyone should have, but the seats are uncomfortable. 1/2 #AskVU
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foxbeth @foxbeth What's the most surprising/interesting part about observing a #SCOTUS case in person? Any insights you can offer about the justices? #AskVU

Possibly but unlikely; not so good for gay rights but won't stop gay marriage b/c easy travel to wed elsewhere #AskVU
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Liz Entman @lentman Any chance of a mixed ruling--like requiring states to recognize marriages but not issue licenses? If so, then what? #AskVU 0 retweets 1 favorite

Roberts harder to read b/c hasn't been on court as long but dissented in Windsor so likely to do so again 2/2 #AskVU
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Vandy LGBTQI Life @VULGBTQILife All eyes are on Justices Kennedy and Roberts. What insights from past rulings can you give us on how they might come down? #SCOTUS #AskVU
Via email: Q: How will ruling in favor affect laws governing names on birth certificates (i.e. female partner of pregnant spouse) 1/2 #AskVU
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A: Depends on level of scrutiny #SCOTUS adopts but even lowest level will likely permit both partners' names 2/2 #AskVU

Likely to address it in some way to decide the case but which level of scrutiny they choose is hard to predict #AskVU
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Ben Joey Galina ‏@benjoey_galina @VanderbiltU #ASKVU What are the chances the Obergefell decision addresses constitutional scrutiny? It came up in consolidated cases

The culture has already tipped toward gay marriage--the Supreme Court is just doing cleanup duty now #AskVU
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Jeffrey ‏@TheHarpman #askvu some Supreme Court decisions can be seen as a cultural tipping point of a major social change. Do you think this is one of those?

If they decide for plaintiffs, yes, there will be freedom to divorce as well as marry #AskVU
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Nancy Wise ‏@No1unoWise #AskVU How will this impact divorce laws? Will it let couples divorce in their own state regardless of where they married?

Right away. If states drag their feet too long they'll get sued again, and they don't want that expense #AskVU
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Jill Rene Nichols @JillNichols24 #AskVU If the decision goes in favor of marriage equality, any idea when states will have to issue licenses? right away? grace period?

Yes. #SCOTUS wants to decide cases on general principles, needs to consider impact on future cases #AskVU
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foxbeth @foxbeth @VanderbiltU Is citing a slippery slope a reasonable legal argument? can a case be argued on hypothetical future occurrences? #AskVU #SCOTUS

If #SCOTUS rules in favor, it will help #GOP candidates by taking an unpopular issue off the table #AskVU
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Mr. Putnam @apgov216 @VanderbiltU What impact might the upcoming same sex marriage ruling have on the 2016 Presidential election? #askvu

Kennedy wrote all prev. gay rights opinions (Windsor, Romer & Lawrence) so he'll likely go same way again. 1/2 #AskVU
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Vandy LGBTQI Life @VULGBTQILife All eyes are on Justices Kennedy and Roberts. What insights from past rulings can you give us on how they might come down? #SCOTUS #AskVU

For them, Constitution means same thing it's always meant. To change it: amend it, don't read in new things #AskVU
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Jim Patterson @JimPatterson7 #AskVU Can you explain the legal reasoning of judges like Scalia and Thomas who are certain "no" voters?
Yes. The next frontier in the political movement against gay rights will be these freedom-of-conscience laws #AskVU
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melaniemoran ‏@melaniemoran NC passed a law allowing magistrates to refuse gay marriages, though they are legal in the state. Will we see more of that? #AskVU

Freedom-of-conscience laws are entirely separate legal questions; will not be decided by gay marriage decision #AskVU
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CatoTN @CatoTN @VanderbiltU Wouldn't mandamus be an avenue to force those officials to issue the licenses, or does NC legislation trump that claim? #AskVU

Hard to predict and that's the only drama of the case that's left; depends on the reasoning #SCOTUS uses #AskVU
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Jacob Pierce @JacobPierce015 Some states are hostile to same-sex marriage. Would a ruling still leave room for states to discriminate against same-sex couples? #AskVU

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