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Recapping the week of December 12-16 at


By Jacob Combs

What you may have missed over the past week at…

On Monday, December 12, AFER’s Matt Baume answered the question “What’s Next for Prop 8?” in his weekly video update.  I posted a reflection piece about the off-Broadway production “Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays,” where I argued that our eventual goal in the marriage equality fight is to be normal–that is, to have the same choices that heterosexual couples have to marry or not marry.  I also linked to an article in The Washington Independent about NOM’s small and shrinking donor base.

On Tuesday, I wrote about the compromise defense authorization bill that came out of Congress which dropped anti-gay language related to DOMA and chaplains officiating at gay marriage, but kept in place the military’s outdated ban on sodomy.   Adam wrote about Senator Collins and DOMA, noting the success of Courage Campaign and its allies in delivering over 2,000 signatures urging her to support the Respect for Marriage Act.  He also covered a California appellate court decision to recognize a same-sex parent as the legal parent of the two children that were adopted by her former partner.

On Wednesday, Adam wrote about a Pew Center poll finding that marriage rates among American adults have fallen to 51 percent.  I covered Ari Ezra Waldman’s response to a Slate article describing a shift in conservative legal analysts regarding the original intent of the 14th Amendment, and the implications of that shift for the Perry trial.

On Thursday, Adam posted a video complied by AFER’s Matt Baume of seven highlights from the December 8 9th Circuit hearings in Perry v. Brown, and I wrote about the questions issued by a Northern California district judge in the DOMA trial Golinski v. OPM.   Adam covered Mitt Romney’s please-nobody stance on marriage equality, and wrote up a revised set of community guidelines governing

On Friday, Adam wrote about a bill introduced in the Washington, D.C. City Council to level the playing field on divorce in the district for all couples.  I wrote about the Golinski lawsuit and The Advocate’s coverage of the judge’s questions to the parties.

On Saturday, I posted an article examining why the Justice Department’s arguments against DOMA in the Golinski hearings were an important milestone, and covered the beginning of Love Honor Cherish’s campaign to put a repeal of Prop 8 on the 2012 ballot in California.

Finally, on Sunday, Adam wrote about the exciting news that New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez had announced his support for marriage equality and signed on to co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act.

Lastly, we had quite a week of this ‘n that in the Quick Hits, the new tool we installed to make sure news items of interest don’t get stuck in the bottom of comment threads. You can find everything from coverage of bullying issues to video interviews with key figures in the Prop 8 trial to coverage of domestic partnership benefits legislation pending in the Senate. Remember that Quick Hits can always be found to the right of the main blog posts (and if someone’s interested in rounding up Quick Hits for the week like this, drop us a line!).

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Thanks for reading!


  • 1. Bob  |  December 18, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    NOM's antics!!!!

    Vancouver Canada School board want apology from critics of anti bullying policies

    a member of the board was in a video produced by NOM

    the member Denike says he did interview with a documentary producer who claimed it would be used for American News, he's contacted a lawyer after seeing it being used as a advertisement against SSM,,,, who's lying herre????????????????

  • 2. Sagesse  |  December 18, 2011 at 7:18 pm


  • 3. Bob Barnes  |  December 19, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Some great news for this Monday:

    Appeals Court Rejects Christian Student’s Bid for Reversal of Her Expulsion

    A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a lower court’s ruling against a graduate student (Jennifer Keeton) who had sought a court order preventing Augusta State University from expelling her from its school-counseling program.

  • 4. Jamie  |  December 19, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Just to clarify, they rejected the request for preliminary injunction. It appears that a hearing/briefing on the merits of the case are still in progress, although the ruling on the denial of injunction makes it look unlikely that the court would change course in the final matter.

  • 5. Bob  |  December 19, 2011 at 11:36 am

    That article does a great job of summarizing what she calls Christian beliefs,,,about homosexuality 'that it is immoral, unatural, a lifestyle choice, and that it can be reversed by conversion therapy",,, that sums up the belief in a nutshell,,,,, our job is to bring that ignorance to light

  • 6. allen  |  December 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Has the transcript for the Golinski hearing surfaced? I'm dying to read BLAG's answers to the questions.

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