Will statue bring luck in gay-marriage arguments? Lawyers reveal their argument rituals
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Michigan Special Assistant Attorney General John Bursch planned to follow a ritual favored by many in the Supreme Court bar when he defends his state’s gay-marriage ban Tuesday morning, the National Law Journal (sub. req.) reports. He said he would rub the toe of a bronze statue of Chief Justice John Marshall—a statue that also proved to be a source of comfort to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. when he used to argue before the court.
Arguing against gay-marriage bans are Mary Bonauto of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, who notes that Tuesday is her luckiest day of the week, and Douglas Hallward-Driemeier of Ropes & Gray, who takes long walks the night before Supreme Court arguments. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr., who is sharing time with Bonauto, also has a ritual on the eve of arguments. He eats a salmon dinner because of its “brain-enhancing value,” the story says.
The story lists rituals and talismans used by other Supreme Court advocates, including:
–Lucky ties, coins and, for an Ohio native, a lucky buckeye
–A visit to the statue of former Solicitor General Rex Lee
–A bike ride to the court
–A special breakfast on the day of argument, including a doughnut and a breakfast buffet at the Willard Hotel