Happy cert denial

by on October 6, 2008  •  In Religion, Supreme Court

As I predicted, the Supreme Court this morning denied cert in Parker v. Hurley, leaving in place a First Circuit decision dismissing a complaint filed against a local Massachusetts school district arguing that the plaintiffs' children had been the subject of "indoctrination" because of materials used in elementary schools depicting same-sex couples in a positive light. The courts are very hesitant to interfere in curricular decisions by local school boards, so the Supreme Court's refusal to hear the case was not a surprise.  The interesting point about the case is that the Family Research Council has now posted a video about it on the web, arguing that what happened to the Parker children illustrates the harm of legalizing same-sex marriage.

Nancy Polikoff's blog has more good news from today's order list.

ADDITION: The Court also denied one cert petition in Miller-Jenkins v. Miller-Jenkins; another is still pending.  At issue is Lambda Legal's victory on behalf of a lesbian mother whose custody order pursuant to Vermont law had been challenged by her ex-partner in Virginia state courts.


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