- 07.02.13 03:46 PM EDT
Last week, the Supreme Court kicked Proposition 8 back to the courts in California, effectively clearing the way for that state to legalize gay marriage. Their ruling said that the private parties who appealed did not have standing to uphold the Prop. 8, which barred same-sex couples from getting married. If that's a little hard to wrap your head around, try figuring out what that has to do with Paula Deen.
Deen's lawyers filed a motion on Monday that the same argument could be used in her defense. Deen is being sued by former employee, Lisa Jackson, for racial discrimination. Since Jackson is white, they argue, the entire suit against the celebrity chef is unjust since Jackson, a white person, could not possibly be injured herself by racism. (By this questionable logic, racism is only a thing that white people, like Deen, do to black people.) Jackson's attorneys returned that any race is eligible to sue for discrimination even if it is on behalf of other people.
Either way, Paula Deen's actual lawsuit seems long past the point, since in the court of public opinion, she's lost.