Chief Justice's Lesbian Cousin Attending Gay Marriage Hearing As His Guest

AP PhotoSupreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will have some family cheering him on during Tuesday's landmark Supreme Court case on gay marriage. Jean Podrasky, a lesbian and Roberts' first cousin, will sit in a section of the courtroom reserved for relatives along with her partner as Roberts and his court examine the legality of California's Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage in the state.

“I feel confident that John is wise enough to see that society is becoming more accepting of the humanity of same-sex couples and the simple truth that we deserve to be treated with dignity, respect, and equality under the law,” Podrasky wrote in a column for the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

More, from the Los Angeles Times:

Podrasky lives in San Francisco and usually sees Roberts only on family occasions. His mother is her godmother, whom she adores. She said Roberts knows she is gay and introduced her along with other relatives during his Senate confirmation hearing. She hopes he will meet her partner of four years, Grace Fasano, during their Washington visit. The couple flew to Washington on Sunday.

“He is a smart man,” she said. “He is a good man. I believe he sees where the tide is going. I do trust him. I absolutely trust that he will go in a good direction.”

Prior to the 2008 election, Podrasky carried a sign that said, "Prop. 8 is hate" at a train station and handed out fliers on a college campus. Now, she expects her cousin and his court to overturn that decision and rule in their favor.

“I am definitely ready,” she told the Los Angeles Times.

The case is one of two hearings the Supreme Court will hear about gay rights this week. On Wednesday, the court will hear arguments about the 1996 Defensive of Marriage Act (DOMA), which blocks state-sanctioned gay marriages on the federal level and prohibits gay couples from receiving certain federal benefits.

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