SEEKING THE SHORTEST PATH
TO EQUAL JUSTICE
CHIEF JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA riveted his gaze on the young female attorney preparing to argue that the U.S. Supreme Court ought to declare a state law against same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The emotionally charged case, the first of its kind ever heard by the nation's top court, was brought by a lesbian couple who had been together for 17 years.
Willamina Wallace and Murron McGregor had met at a gay pride parade in Frossel City when Wallace was a medical resident and McGregor was an architecture student. Drawn together by a love of art, the women's passion for Picasso quickly blossomed into a passion for one another. After McGregor landed a job with a respected local architectural firm, she and Wallace began living together. Wallace completed her residency, secured a permanent job at St. Laughlin Memorial Hospital and proceeded to establish a reputation as an outstanding pediatrician.
After 14 years as couple, the women decided they wanted their relationship to enjoy the legal protections of marriage. However, they were turned down for a marriage license by a clerk who showed them a copy of the state law that decreed, "A marriage is valid only if it is ... be