We’re at a very strange moment in civil rights history, thanks to SCOTUS

By: Wednesday June 26, 2013 7:32 pm

Thanks to SCOTUS over the last two days: 1) If you’re a same-sex couple and live in CA, you can marry. 2) If you live in NC (or any other state with a “marriage protection amendment”) and were legally married elsewhere (in my case, Canada), your marriage is not recognized in terms of filing joint state [...]

SCOTUS guts the Voting Rights Act — in a way that keeps its hands clean

By: Tuesday June 25, 2013 3:00 pm

Today SCOTUS handed down a decision in the case of Shelby County v. Holder, and essentially punted to Congress the matter of re-addressing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It struck down Section 4, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the majority opinion (PDF) in the 5-to-4 decision; siding with Roberts were Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence (Uncle) [...]

Will there be a black vs gay Prop. 8 meme redux, or will the work building stronger coalitions prevail?

By: Thursday June 20, 2013 2:53 am

I recall all too well the conflicting feelings I had on election night 2008 — Barack Obama was elected as the first black President of the United States, and enough California voters cast ballots to pass Proposition 8, intended to “protect” marriage from gays. The despair turned into rage by some in the LGBT community, [...]

DOMA and Prop 8 Decision Day Events

By: Tuesday June 18, 2013 10:02 pm

The US Supreme Court is due to rule on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 by the end of June.  Decision Day events are being planned across the country so folks can learn about the rulings and celebrate (or commiserate?) together.  Check out the website to see if an event [...]

Illinois Legislature Demonstrates How Politically Not-Powerful Gays Are

By: Friday May 31, 2013 8:16 pm

This evening the Illinois state House ended the year’s legislative session without calling the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act (SB 10) to a vote.  The next time that the marriage equality bill could be considered is this November. The Senate passed the bill on Valentines Day on a vote of 34 to 21. The [...]

Marriage Discrimination Proponents Use Recycled Racist Rhetoric

By: Thursday May 16, 2013 5:27 pm

“There goes the neighborhood” is a phrase I grew up hearing from racist neighbors in the white, middle-class suburbia of my 1960s and 1970s childhood. The phrase — or better said, epithet — packed a lot of meaning. It expressed the opinion that when a black family moved into an all-white neighborhood, expectations were that [...]

US Catholic Bishops Use Pope Francis’s Anti-Gay History to Promote NOM Rally

By: Tuesday March 19, 2013 5:46 pm

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the political organ of the American Catholic hierarchy, is promoting National Organization for Marriage’s upcoming marriage discrimination rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court with a “five reasons” list. Reason number one that the Catholic bishops say that people should rally with NOM: Pope Francis is a [...]

Boy Adopted by Gay Dads to Chief Justice John Roberts: You and I Both Know that Family Goes Deeper than Blood

By: Tuesday March 19, 2013 12:27 pm

Families come in all shapes and sizes but have one thing in common: love.  As the March 26-27 hearing dates near for the legal challenges to Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Washington Post observes that the families of the Supreme Court justices themselves exemplify the diverse American [...]

President Obama: marriage equality bans don’t ‘stand up to constitutional muster’

By: Wednesday March 13, 2013 1:30 pm

Finally he’s moving the goal posts up to Loving v. Virginia, right where it belongs as Supreme Court decisions dance around the issue of full equality of gays and lesbians to marry. From Buzzfeed: The Supreme Court will be hearing a challenge to one such ban, California’s Proposition 8, on March 26. The Obama administration weighed [...]

France To Invade The U.S. Supreme Court?

By: Sunday March 3, 2013 11:13 am

National Organization for Marriage has done it again.  They’ve attracted more foreign than domestic support to one of their Facebook event pages. In this case, it seems that Parisians are the primary supporters of their March 26 protest at the U. S. Supreme Court against equal protection of the laws for same-sex couples. In contrast, [...]

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