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Recapping the week of November 14-20 at

Community/Meta Weekly roundup

By Adam Bink

One of the responses we got in the P8TT user survey is that people always feel they may have missed something in the trial, marriage equality updates or something else. So, we’re starting a weekly round-up of the past week’s coverage. Look for it (for now) each Sunday.

We’ll also be starting a permanent status post on the state of the trial (one of the most commonly requested things) and Jacob will have more on that early this week. For now, let’s get to the coverage.

On Monday, I wrote about Peter Lassen taking over an LA-area health food store and the local response to it. You may remember Lassen was one of the largest donors to Prop 8. We also covered a new effort to win marriage equality through the legislature in Washington, and a new brief from the media coalition in support of releasing the tapes from the Prop 8 trial.

On Tuesday, Jacob took a closer look at the arguments from an amicus brief in the Gill v. OPM trial regarding DOMA and their historical references. Matt Baume did his usual video and text roundup of marriage, DOMA and updates in the Prop 8 trial.

On Wednesday, I ran through a number of LGBT items of interest in a round-up post. Jacob debunked the right-wingers’ argument that those who oppose marriage equality are routinely harassed for their views. I wrote about our new coalition effort to change Sens. Lieberman and Collins’ mind on DOMA (to which Sen. Lieberman’s people responded). Later that day, the news broke that the California Supreme Court would decide on the issue of whether proponents of ballot initiatives have standing to represent the state when the governor and attorney general decline to do so — an issue important to the Perry case in the Prop 8 trial. We also wrote about National Organization for Marriage and their attempts to make stuff up to raise money. By the way, since that post was published, dozens of you have become new monthly donors at just $5/month or more (receiving the button you see on the right in return). THANK YOU so much for your support. The work we do now with your help is instrumental to putting our movement in a position to repeal DOMA sooner…not to mention helping match whatever NOM raised from their garbage e-mail.

If you haven’t signed up to join your fellow readers as a small donor each month to fuel Courage Campaign’s work to repeal DOMA, you can do so here. Think of it as a Thanksgiving present to couples suffering from being denied over 1,100 federal rights and benefits, which may include you and, as the comments section shows, definitely includes some of your fellow readers.

On Thursday morning, the day of the California Supreme Court decision, we did a preview post looking at the issues in the case and the arguments in the community over what would be a “good” decision. The decision was handed down shortly after 10 AM PST, and Jacob covered the ruling and repeatedly updated the post with reaction from the legal and general LGBT rights community, including from the team representing the plaintiffs on a press call. You can find that coverage here. Later that day, we got word that opponents of California’s FAIR Education Act filed for title and summary from the Attorney General, which is the first step towards filing a ballot initiative to repeal the law, and discussed our past efforts to defeat their first attempt at this and what you could do to help beat them a second time.

On Friday morning, Shannon Minter and Christopher Stoll from the National Center for Lesbian Rights published a guest piece here at P8TT making an argument for why the previous day’s decision was bad for California, and what comes next in the case. Jacob updated us with the status of the Referendum 71 petitions in Washington State, and on the 9th Circuit requesting supplemental briefs in the Prop 8 case following the previous day’s California Supreme Court decision. Later, the plaintiffs in the case responded to a motion to consolidate separate cases regarding the tapes and the general appeal.

On Saturday, we covered Doug Manchester’s plans to purchase the San Diego Union-Tribune. Manchester gave $125,000 to fund Proposition 8.

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!).

Quite a week!

Remember to follow Equality on Trial on Facebook and on Twitter for more coverage and updates. All P8TT posts are published on Twitter immediately after they go up, so you can get word that way too. We’re tweaking the e-mail subscriptions to post tool, so that’ll be in better shape this week as well. And of course, if you like the coverage we do here, consider tossing a few bucks in the hat to help us do it.

Thanks for reading!


  • 1. _BK_  |  November 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Thanks, Adam. These weekly updates are definitely a boon. Good work.

  • 2. Adam Bink  |  November 21, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Oh, good.

  • 3. Thark  |  November 20, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Like the new info format!

    When it comes to FULLY enjoying the final plug-pull on CA's Flop 8,it's going to be so much more fun for us 18,000 (who incidentally will be as 100%unaffected by this fetid "law"'s rise & subsequent fall as the Str8 Proponents) ) to watch the Darkside self-destruct and collapse on themselves, while the rest of us watch.

    This format will sure allow us to better contemplate the marvellously excruciating details on their incremental legal crushings,a nd this, in a timely and efficient manner!

    Thank you!

    [*snickers* at all the Antigay H8er/traitors who seem to consistenlt prefer to trample or side-step a perfectly valid state constitution, than actually go by it, like the rest us of. Just sayin')

  • 4. Tasty Salamanders  |  November 20, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    They are trying to pass laws in Russia making it illegal for any person to write a book, publish an article or speak in public about being gay, lesbian or transgender.

  • 5. Mark  |  November 21, 2011 at 10:28 am

    They are trying to pass the same law here in California by suggesting a proposition to repeal SB48.

  • 6. Karl  |  November 20, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    The link to Lieberman's response in the Wednesday posting does not work.

  • 7. Adam Bink  |  November 21, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Thanks, fixed.

  • 8. drpatrick1  |  November 21, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Does anyone have access to that response from Lieberman? I would really like to read it.

  • 9. Adam Bink  |  November 21, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I fixed the link. It’s posted there.

  • 10. Adam Bink  |  November 21, 2011 at 8:33 am

    It's here:

    Having trouble fixing the link.

  • 11. Prup aka Jim Benton  |  November 21, 2011 at 8:45 am

    It's been a while, and my apologies, back problems, arthritis, and the comedy of the Presidential race has taken too much of my time. I'll try to get back here more often.

    However, I have been mulling over an idea that I think would be a good one — a little expensive, and SS recipients like my wife and myself can't help on that. But why don't we steal a page from Maggie and the Baroness Munchhausen — ex-Governor of Alaska — and have a bus tour ourselves next spring and summer. Only a special one — and one which should draw more coverage than maggie's and more respectful coverage than Sistah Sarah's.

    [splitting somment by request — and this is new, what is the limit]

  • 12. Prup aka Jim Benton  |  November 21, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I am getting 'your comment is too long' on one-sentence paragraphs. is there a problem? Anyway, let's post this and try to detail this again. Sowwy, I didn't need this today — last night high-pain.

  • 13. Prup aka Jim Benton  |  November 21, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Okay, let's try again. The idea would be to choose the 20 most homophobic Congresspersons and hold meetings in their districts, open meetings where people could just talk with a wide range of gays — ideally there would be at least one person at each metting who was born or raised in the district. An FAQ would be distributed before and at the meeting so we wouldn't get the same questions — and there should be a ruling ut of 'intimate details' in most cases. And the Congressperson would be invited to the meeting to 'say it to our faces.'

    I think it would generate favorable news stories that might go national, would show the homophobes as the cowardly bullies they are, and most of all would change a few minds — at the meeting and at 'water-cooler' discussions afterwards.

    Any thoughts? (I like the idea of music at the meetings as well, but had to cut that part short.)

  • 14. Bill S.  |  November 21, 2011 at 10:10 am

    How dare you try to intimidate people who support traditional marriage! Having honest conversations with people and confronting people's hurtful speech with better speech is not what this country is about! [end sarcasm]

  • 15. Prup aka Jim Benton  |  November 21, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I'd call it the 'Say it to Our Faces' tour — or, referencing ALICE IN WONDERLAND, the 'Fabulous Monsters' tour. The idea is simply fpr them to meet 'unashamed' GLBQT people and talk WITH them.

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