Opening Act: Nice Day for a White Wedding

Same-sex marriage supporters and same-sex marriage opponents argue their points in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC, as the Court takes up the issue of gay marriage.

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The Supreme Court is hearing arguments this week on Prop 8 and DOMA. My colleague Emily Bazelon will be in the courtroom; I will be outside, today covering a rally by same-sex marriage’s stalwart foes.

Steve Dennis talks to Mary Landrieu (at 5 a.m.!) about why a built-to-embarrass Ted Cruz amendment made Democrats so angry. In the very recent past, this gambit of getting a party to oppose an amendment then attacking its candidates over the least charitable interpretation of that vote has yielded mixed results.

The NYT discovers that Christine Quinn, odds-on favorite to become the next (and first female, first gay) mayor of New York, has a temper. It’s the sort of story that can endear a pol to the voters who should, or do, mistrust her. (In this case, Quinn’s opposition to family sick leave has been attacked for a national audience, on Chris Hayes’ show.)

Michael Kranish profiles Washington’s stasis through the damp eyes of Bob Dole.

Media Matters goes to war with Ira Glass over a story about Social Security disability benefits.

Read more from Slate’s coverage of this week’s gay marriage cases at the Supreme Court.