"Roberts' record remains very conservative, but he's clearly becoming less predictably conservative in some key areas, and his votes this term underscore that," says Brianne Gorod, appellate counsel at the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center.
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Both for the campaign-finance decision and the chief justice’s potential role in the court’s coming decisions on Obamacare and same-sex marriage, Roberts became the main topic of conversation when the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center held a panel discussion about the term last week. "I think arguably this term is going to be the defining term for the Roberts court,” said Elizabeth B. Wydra, the group’s chief counsel.
Supreme Court lawyer Paul Smith, speaking at an event hosted by the Constitutional Accountability Center, was quick to add that he felt that as the argument wore on, Kennedy's questions caused optimism to return to those who want the court to strike down state bans on same-sex marriage.
Some justices' decisions are often easy to predict. Roberts used to be one of those, but that’s becoming less so. In many important cases, progressives shouldn’t count him out.
CAC's Elizabeth Wydra appeared on the Bill Press Show to discuss the marriage equality arguments held at the U.S. Supreme Court.