Justiceline: December 10, 2012

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  • Congratulations to the many newly married same-sex couples, who finally were able to exercise their constitutional right to marriage equality this weekend in Washington state.
  • The “Sugar-Coated Satan Sandwich” budget cuts will force the judiciary to lay off up to 2,000 workers or furlough 20,000 of them for 16 days if they are allowed to take effect.
  • Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) is considering an independent run for governor after raising doubts about likely GOP nominee Ken Cuccinelli’s “ability to effectively and responsibly govern our state.”
  • The Sundance Film Festival will feature a documentary about Anita Hill, the woman who accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.
  • And, finally, The Onion offers a not-entirely-inaccurate description of the Roberts Court:
  • [A] small but influential Washington, D.C. based conservative think tank. With its reputation as a leading conservative voice on social, political, and economic matters, the think tank helps shape the national debate and has achieved remarkable success in exerting right-wing influence on U.S. law. Employing some of America’s most prominent Christian intellectuals, the conservative group issues several policy papers each year advocating for free enterprise, limited government, lax firearm regulations, strong national security, states’ rights, and corporate personhood, while strongly condemning such liberal causes as labor laws and campaign finance reform. A member of the so-called Big Three conservative think tanks along with the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute, the Supreme Court has pushed an even more right-wing agenda under chairman John Roberts, Jr., who vowed to redouble the institution’s efforts to bring about nationwide bans on gay marriage and abortion.