Via SCOTUSblog, a peek at how the Supreme Court hearing on Doe v. Reed went today. In brief: not well for the R-71 signers who want their identities hidden from public view, given that conservative Justice Antonin Scalia essentially called them cowards.

“You are asking us to enter into a whole new field,” Scalia told James Bopp Jr., the lawyer for Washington State signers of an anti-gay rights petition. Politics, the Justice went on, “takes a certain amount of civic courage. The First Amendment does not protect you from civic discourse—or even from nasty phone calls.”

We'll have a full report from inside the hearing room shortly.