That sound in the distance at the Supreme Court these days is the debate over same-sex marriage.
It will be a couple of years until that central issue in the culture wars reaches the court. But two early skirmishes - if not proxy battles - arrived this month. Both are fights over the First Amendment ground rules for the debate.
On Monday, the justices considered the rights of a Christian student group to bar gay members from leadership positions. Next week, the court will hear arguments about whether the names of people who signed a petition to place an anti-gay-rights measure on the ballot in Washington State should be kept secret.
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