08/08/2010 12:28 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sunday Roundup

This week's news spotlight was captured by the judiciary, with the Senate's confirmation of Elena Kagan as the Supreme Court's 112th justice (and fourth woman), and federal judge Vaughn Walker's decision overturning California's ban on same-sex marriage. His 136-page ruling landed with the force of history being made. It felt less like a legal finding than another milestone on the road to a more perfect union -- another step in the long journey that has included the Emancipation Proclamation, the 19th amendment, Brown v. Board of Education, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Those who continue to oppose same-sex marriage are not just standing against the right of gays and lesbians to marry -- they are standing against the inevitable. When the case makes its way to the Supreme Court, will John Roberts' court want to position itself as a roadblock in the way of historic inevitability?

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