That picture is my friend Asher Huey.  I don’t think Asher is ready to get married yet, but when he is, it will be to the man with whom he wants to spend the rest of his life.  His right to marry the person of his choice is what’s at stake– what the Supreme Court is hearing arguments about, what they may rule on in the next few months.

It is the civil rights issue of our time.

We’ve been dealing with it all week on both this show and as I’ve been filling in for Randi Rhodes on her national radio program.

Today, the Supreme Court hears arguments for and against the Defense of Marriage Act.  We should have audio available by the time the Randi Rhodes Show starts at 3pm ET.  Stay tuned…

This morning on my show, I’ll speak with Rick Jacobs, founder and chair of the Courage Campaign, a California-based online organizing network that empowers more than 750,000 grassroots and netroots activists to push for progressive change and full equality in California and across the country.  As one of the groups at the front of the fight against Prop 8, Courage Campaign has boots on the ground at the Supreme Court.  Jacob Combs is inside the court both mornings, blogging for Courage Campaign about it at Equality on Trial, and will be with me again this afternoon on the Randi Rhodes Show to report on today’s hearing.

I’ll also be joined this morning by Crooks and Liars’ founder and publisher John Amato.

And on the Randi Rhodes Show this afternoon by the host of “Viewpoint” on Current TV, John Fugelsang will give the religious response to all who are against marriage equality because of their religious beliefs, and one of (if not the) first openly gay man to sit on the bench, Judge David Young will give his analysis of these two days of SCOTUS hearings.