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Recapping the week of November 21-25 at

9th Circuit Court of Appeals Briefs Community/Meta DOMA trials FAIR Education Act Marriage equality Prop 8 trial

By Jacob Combs

Last week, we started a new tradition–a weekly round-up of what’s happened on  Here’s what we covered last week:

On Monday, I wrote about the 9th Circuit’s decision to consolidate the main appeal of Perry on the merits with the appeal of the decision denying’s motion to vacate Judge Walker’s decision based on his relationship status.  AFER’s Matt Baume did his usual video update on the Prop 8 trial, telling us to get ready for a busy holiday season with lots of Perry updates and bringing us news of marriage equality developments in Washington and New Jersey.  Adam wrote about GOP presidential nominee Herman Cain’s unbelievable statement that he would “overturn the Supreme Court if they overturned DOMA” and also brought us a Huffington Post piece about a recent speech made by anti-gay activist Karen England at Calvary Chapel church about her drive to repeal California’s FAIR Education Act.

On Tuesday, Adam linked us to a piece from the political blog of Rhode Island’s NPR station titled “Where Does Jack Reed Stand on DOMA Repeal?” and wondering why Rhode Island’s pro-gay senator has not taken a public stance against DOMA.  Adam also wrote about two new marriage equality ads running in Maine over the Thanksgiving holiday and an ad from the Concerned Women for America attacking California Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

On Wednesday, I published an in-depth overview of the four separate tracks of the Perry case currently making their way through the courts: the merits of the case itself, the issue of standing, the decision regarding the release of the trial recordings and the motion to vacate Judge Walker’s decision.  I laid out the latest updates and included what comes next in terms of each track.  This permanent post will always have the most up-to-date information, and can be found on the right side of the home page in the box that says “Want to know where things stand with the Prop 8 trial?”

On Thursday, we celebrated Thanksgiving with an open thread where anyone could share their thoughts and wishes on the holiday.

On Friday, I wrote a piece about the Servicemembers’ Legal Defense Network’s brief asking for summary judgment in a new DOMA lawsuit they brought in Massachusetts on behalf of eight same-sex military couples.

And on Saturday, I posted about the 9th Circuit’s decision to hold oral arguments on Dec. 8 regarding the motion to vacate Judge Walker’s decision in Perry.

Both parties’ briefs to the 9th Circuit regarding the California Supreme Court’s recent decision that the proponents of Prop 8 do have standing to appeal under California law are due this Friday, Dec. 2.  We will bring you those briefs as soon as they’re submitted to the court, along with our analysis of what they mean for the case.

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Thanks for reading!


  • 1. Bryce  |  November 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Don’t we have briefs due today in Perry? (Reply briefs on the issue of releasing the tapes are supposed to be due today, right?) Any word on those?
    Free the tapes!!!

  • 2. Bryce  |  November 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Tried to post but it never came up: Any word on the briefs due today in Perry?

  • 3. Leo  |  November 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    If I'm not mistaken, also a brief due today in Mass DOMA appeal (BLAG's reply).

  • 4. Adam Bink  |  November 28, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Yes, we're compiling them for a post later.

  • 5. reddecatur  |  November 28, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Adam…just want to say Thank You, for what you do here…)))

  • 6. Adam Bink  |  November 28, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Oh, sure thing. Thanks for reading!

  • 7. Ronnie  |  November 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Subscribing & sharing…….

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    The evening, which features musical direction by Dominick Amendum (Wicked), will include performances from Tony Award nominee Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon), Nellie McKay, Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot, Passing Strange), Monica Raymund ("The Good Wife"), Dee Roscioli (Wicked), Michael Arden (Big River), Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid, Guys & Dolls) and Max von Essen (Les Miserables), among others."

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