Joseph, if I understand correctly, the lower court ruling UPHELD the law, so a 4-4 decision would have been disastrous. Justice Kennedy was the key factor here, and I can't help but notice that Larry, Curly and Moe wrote some rather "sour-grapes" dissents!Still, this is a VERY BIG DEAL and I for one and glad of it!
Oh yeah, that fucking district. I don't know how it slipped my mind, but of course that district is the one that includes Texas. Duh.
Yeah, that's the federal district court that forced a Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, since every other district court ruled in favor of gay marriage.
From comments at Joe.My.God.:
Originally in reference to tRump's second recent "joke" about assassinating Hillary Clinton, but applicable to a lot of situations!
Many misogynists claim that their outrageous putdowns of women are "just joking"... but jokes in fact serve a social function. People in the in-group, who share the joke-teller's worldview, will find a joke funny (and thinkable at some level); if you find it offensive, you're not in the intended in-group.
More, including Jason Steed's Twitter lecture, at the Vox article http://www.vox.com/2016/8/9/12417100/donald-trump-assassinate-hilla... .