Indeed, Judge Downing invoked the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's recent decision in a number of places in his summary judgment order (available here). How Appealling first alerted me to Judge Downing's order and the pertinent post links a Seattle Times story. Also worth noting is Hugh Hewitt's interview with Dr. James Dobson, as well as Terry Eastland's recent column on the chances of a Federal Marriage Amendment appearing before the U.S. Senate in the near future. (Again, hat tip to Hewitt.) On a more fundamental level, I think it entirely appropriate to check out Dr. Robert George's First Things back-issue article on Abraham Lincoln and judicial imperialism.
My former boss, Washington State Senator Val Stevens, is one of the third-party defendant intervenors in the suit, defending the state statute along with the State itself. I appreciate her willingness to stand up for marriage and the separation of powers.
I finished my first read of Judge Downing's order a few minutes ago, and needless to say I take great exception to his ruling and several aspects of his reasoning. More to come on this...