Looks like Day 2 of Gaytterdämmerung went better than Day 1 for the supporters of LGBT equality. Apparently things are not looking good for the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, because even Justice Kennedy was skeptical that the government has a rational basis for enacting and enforcing the law.
Final update: #scotus 80% likely to strike down #doma. J Kennedy suggests it violates states’ rights; 4 other Justices see as gay rights.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) March 27, 2013
It would still be a great win to strike down the odious DOMA and allow legally married couples to have access to federal marriage benefits and responsibilities, but if we don't get clarity from a majority of justices on the "level of scrutiny" question than the underlying issues of equal citizenship for LGBT people in this country will not have been resolved. (Heck, even if the Court were to say that sexual orientation is a suspect class, that would still have to be operationalized on a practical level and would take years topositively impact the everyday lives of LGBT Americans.
Hat/tip to Joe.My.God