CNN’s Toobin Blasts ‘Outrageous’ SCOTUS Decision to Not Hear Same-Sex Marriage Appeals
Monday morning’s Supreme Court decision to not hear same-sex marriage appeals from five states has left many observers scratching their heads in bafflement. CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin was one of them; telling his colleagues that he found the move “outrageous” and antithetical to how the Court normally operates.
“This is why we have a Supreme Court,” Toobin told CNN’s @ThisHour, “to settle complicated, controversial legal issues.”
He continued: “Frankly, I think it’s outrageous that the Court didn’t take this case.”
Toobin suggested that the justices may have decided that because the lower courts have all decided to overturn same-sex marriage bans, “there is no controversy” and thus no need for the higher court to weigh in. He also raised the possibility that four justices strategically decided to avoid the case because they knew their side would lose (an obvious reference to the more conservative justices on the Court).
“But, frankly, I think this was a real abdication of duty on the part of the Supreme Court,” he declared.
“Really?” a surprised host Michaela Pereira responded.
“It’s past time for the Supreme Court to get involved,” he concluded. “But I don’t get a vote.”
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