Proposition 8: Will Verrilli follow Dellinger’s lead? | Lyle Denniston at SCOTUS Blog

Lyle Denniston at SCOTUS Blog: With about two weeks left to think about it, the government’s top advocate in the Supreme Court — Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. — has a choice of getting into the issue of states’ power to define marriage in a big way, or not so big. He could jump into the middle of it by joining the constitutional challenge to California’s “Proposition 8.” Or he could take a more modest approach, and support the idea that the constitutional fate of “Proposition 8″ is not properly before the Court. The second choice may have more political appeal, if that is a factor he will consider.