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It was a late night but so far so good.  Passes committee 5-2, despite all the “Let the BIGOTS People Vote!” cries.

1800 people and organizations signed up to deliver testimony in person on Hawaii’s same-sex marriage bill yesterday. After more than twelve hours, the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor passed Senate Bill 1, by a 5-2 vote. Now, the full state Senate will vote on the legislation, where it is expected to pass also.

Leave a Comment October 29, 2013 Gregory in Salt Lake City

As reported by Keen News.

RE-LIVING ROMNEY LOSS: A conservative organization published its analysis of the 2012 presidential election yesterday, saying that because Republican Mitt Romney’s refused to run ads about his opposition to same-sex marriage, “President Obama never had to pay the price in Ohio, Virginia, or elsewhere for embracing gay marriage.” The report was published by American Principles in Action, a group whose board and staff include Maggie Gallagher, a co-founder of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage.

The 32 page report is here.  Maggie Gallagher is one of three co-authors.

Leave a Comment October 25, 2013 Sagesse

Rachel Maddow delivers a polite, smooth, yet devastating smackdown to NOM and its president Brian Brown.  Although they are not inviting his smiling face onto your television screens quite so often lately, mainstream media are usually in full ‘fair and balanced’ mode when dealing with NOM… treating them as a legitimate standard bearer for socially conservative views.

The times they are a changin’.  Watch and enjoy.

Leave a Comment October 22, 2013 Sagesse

The arguments will be webcast for the first time in the state’s history.  KOAT will stream the arguments on their website.  KUNM will also simulcast the arguments.  The argument are slated to bein at 9:00 am on Wednesday:

There is significant public interest in the case; on a conference call with reporters, same-sex marriage advocates said that there will be enough room for 150 people in person. The arguments will also be longer than usual. While oral arguments are usually limited to 40 minutes. In this case, there will be two hours worth of arguments. One hour will be devoted to state statutes related to same-sex marriage and the other on the constitutional question regarding same-sex marriage.

1 Comment October 22, 2013 Sagesse

One of the deeper analyses of Christie’s decision, the reasons for it and the potential reaction.

Leave a Comment October 22, 2013 Sagesse

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Leave a Comment October 21, 2013 Sagesse

[A] powerful group of Republican donors, who see the GOP’s staunch opposition to gay rights as a major problem, is trying to push the party toward a more welcoming middle ground — where candidates who oppose marriage rights can do so without seeming hateful.

The behind-the-scenes effort is being led largely by GOP mega-donor Paul Singer, a hedge fund executive whose son is gay, and former Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman, who revealed his homosexuality in 2010, long after he had left the GOP leadership.

Singer’s advocacy group, the American Unity Fund, has been quietly prodding Republican lawmakers to take a first step toward backing gay rights by voting for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

1 Comment October 21, 2013 Sagesse

There is a link to the video page at the bottom of the article, but the tape of this session is not up yet.

Plaintiffs in the successful case to undo California’s same-sex marriage ban and an attorney from the landmark case that struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act spoke about the twin court victories during a recent appearance at Stanford University.

The discussion was a part of a three-day symposium about the future of marriage equality that took place October 10-12. The event brought together marriage equality activists, media and political pundits, and legal experts to explore same-sex marriage’s journey to the U.S. Supreme Court, the resulting legal victories, and pursuing marriage equality throughout the U.S….

Both plaintiff couples in the Perry case, spouses Sandy Stier and Kris Perry of Berkeley and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo of Los Angeles, and the key orchestrator of the lawsuit, Chad Griffin, appeared at the symposium….

Joining them were attorneys from the Prop 8 case, Jeremy Goldman of Boies, Schiller, and Flexner, and Theane Evangelis of Gibson Dunn, who explained the legal road and strategy to the Supreme Court.

Attorney Pamela Karlan, who was co-counsel for plaintiff Edith Windsor on the DOMA team and who is a law professor at Stanford Law School, described turning Windsor’s estate tax issue into a case about overturning DOMA.

Leave a Comment October 20, 2013 Sagesse

Together 46 years, Lewis Duckett and Billy Jones wrote coded letters to each other during Dr. Jones’s deployment in Vietnam. They adopted a baby, became grandfathers and then, finally, got married.

Watch the video.



Leave a Comment October 20, 2013 Sagesse

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