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By Matt Baume

Hi, I’m Matt Baume from the American Foundation for Equal Rights, and welcome to special edition of Marriage News Watch. I’m up at the Russian River for thanksgiving right now, but there’s been some marriage equality news so let’s do a nice quick update so we can be back to eating.

We’re closer than ever to the next Prop 8 decision. The case has been working its way through the courts in little bits and pieces, but this week the ninth circuit court of appeals consolidated some of those pieces. Our next hearing is in ten days, on December 8 at 2:30pm. We’ll be discussing the release of the tapes of the trial, and then we could have a ruling on the entire appeal anytime thereafter.

The other Prop 8 news this week is an announcement from AFER about the LA debut of Dustin Lance Black’s play, “8,” based on the transcripts of the trial. After its huge premier on Broadway in September, the show will have an LA premier on March 3 at the Wilshire Ebell Theater with an all star cast. Casting and ticket info will be coming out soon.

And in Spain, the conservative Popular Party won big in national elections. Party leaders have vowed to repeal the country’s marriage equality law, so now Spanish LGBTs are rushing to marry before lawmakers have a chance to make good on their threats.

Those are the headlines, visit us over at for more on next week’s hearing, or for more about marriage equality around the country and the world.

Hope you had a great thanksgiving — and we’ll see you next week.


  • 1. Gregory in SLC  |  November 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm



  • 2. Tasty Salamanders  |  November 28, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Also since it wasn't covered: The current situation in Australia, in a few days it will be the Labor Party National Conference where there could be a vote to change the Federal branch of the Labor Party's policy on marriage equality. However Gillard is lobbying right-leaning Labor members to ensure continued support for her position:

    Seriously Gillard? I just don't get it, why?

  • 3. Seth from Maryland  |  November 29, 2011 at 9:06 am

    i dont know whats wrong with her ?but i know this, the Labor left has been gaining A lot of support the last couple of week , infact they almost have the support they need to pass marriage equality without a vote, with the help with the green party

  • 4. Tasty Salamanders  |  November 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    No the Labor left couldn't pass marriage equality by themselves, we have a hung parliament here and both the major parties have near equal numbers. And while there are probably left leaning Liberal members (note for people not familiar with Australian politics: the Liberal Party – uppercase L, is the right wing party and not liberal – lowercase l) who support marriage equality due to the nature of our political system over here* they probably wouldn't vote to support it.

    * Here parties select their own candidates for elections, if an elected party member breaks ranks with their party's policy they can have support withdrawn from them by the party and during the next election would be forced to run as an independent. This means politicians here almost always vote with their party unless it's what we call a "conscious vote" where the party leader allows members to vote however they feel instead of along party lines, of course over there in America you don't have that concept being all your votes are what we call conscious votes.

  • 5. Ronnie  |  November 29, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Subscribing & sharing……….

    – New Hampshire's GOP Communications Director Jumps Ship To Join Pro-Same-Sex Marriage Campaign:

    “Repealing New Hampshire’s popular marriage law would do lasting damage to the party I love, undermine the values of freedom it’s based upon and do real harm to committed couples who live in our neighborhoods and contribute to our communities. I look forward to working with many Republican friends to defend freedom for all.”

    (me) …. : )

    – Cuéntame Unites Gay Latino Voices For "An Honest Conversation" :é…

    "Founder and Producer of Cuéntame Axel Caballero says that “Cuéntame believes that with more information available for Latinos to read and share, we can provide youth with support systems that help prevent tragedies, bullying and intolerance. Through such powerful, direct stories we are opening a nationwide honest conversation to prompt discussions at the holiday or Sunday dinner table, and into the lives of many Latinos in America.”

    – Lesbian Sworn In As Vermont's First Openly-Gay Supreme Court Justice:

    "Vermont on Monday swore in its first openly-​lesbian Supreme Court justice. Beth Robinson, who is 46, has worked to secure gay and lesbian rights for over a decade, winning the landmark 1999 case that made Vermont the first state to offer civil unions. Robinson also worked as the co-​founder of the Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force since 1995, helping to secure same-​sex marriage equality in 2009, overriding the Governor’s veto."

    (me) Congratulations Justice Beth Robinson, onward & upward…… <3…Ronnie:

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