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Recapping the week of April 16-20 at Prop8TrialTracker.com

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By Jacob Combs

What you may have missed over the past week at Prop8TrialTracker.com…

On Monday, April 16, I wrote about arguments in a Montana Supreme Court case brought by six gay and lesbian couples seeking the same benefits rights that heterosexual couples have.  Scottie brought us a new poll by PPP showing that a plurality of voters in North Carolina believe marriage equality will be legal in that state in the next 20 years, and highlighted an ABC News piece on the unfair burden families with gay and lesbian parents face during tax season.  In his usual weekly video update, AFER’s Matt Baume covered a new DOMA lawsuit in Nevada and President Obama’s statement in opposition to a constitutional amendment against marriage in Minnesota.  Scottie also brought us a round-up of other news relating to LGBT rights.

On Tuesday, I analyzed a brand-new poll of Latinos in the United States which found that contrary to conventional wisdom, a majority of Hispanics support marriage equality.  Scottie wrote about the silence of Pat McCrory, the presumptive Republican candidate for the governorship of North Carolina, on the issue of Amendment One and marriage equality.  Adam examined the issue of being a single-issue activist for marriage, specifically in light of the fundraising success enjoyed by the Republican New York state senators who voted for marriage last summer, while Scottie covered a new motion filed by BLAG in the military DOMA case Cooper-Harris v. USA.  Scottie also reported that a civil unions bill had been voted out of committee in Colorado, and Karen Ocamb looked at the battle between Chad Griffin and Frank Schubert over North Carolina’s Amendment One.

I began Wednesday‘s coverage with news of increasing religious support for marriage equality from Washington to Wales, and Scottie looked at the White House’s claim that a legislative ENDA is a better course of action than an executive order.  Scottie also covered two pieces of LGBT news, one promising and one discouraging, out of Tennessee.

On Thursday, I wrote about the evidence against the claim that support for marriage and LGBT rights in general by Obama and the Democratic Party would have negative impacts in the November election.  Scottie covered support for civil unions by the Democratic gubernatorial candidates in North Carolina and wrote about the beginning of early voting in the state.

On Friday, I posted a powerful video from the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance and marked GLSEN’s Day of Silence, while Scottie wrote about Mitt Romney’s hiring of an openly gay man to be his national security advisor.  Scottie also covered remarks made by retired Judge Vaughn Walker (who presided over the initial Prop 8 trial in California) questioning whether the Supreme Court would take up the appeal of the case when it comes out of the Ninth Circuit.  He also noted that an anti-gay amendment has qualified for the ballot in Colorado.

As always, 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!).  And don’t forget 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 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.

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3 Comments

  • 1. _BK_  |  April 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks for the recap! This feature will really help those who can only visit the site once or twice a week.

  • 2. Adam Bink  |  April 22, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Exactly. Glad you like it. Jacob and I did them in the fall but fell off — we're going to make it more regular on the weekends.

  • 3. Reformed  |  April 22, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    What is up with Rebecca Walker story posted on the NOM blog, talking about liking the feeling of her child's head on the crook of her neck, feeling happy when he wraps his arms around her knees and looks up at her with big brown eyes, ect. Withoutcriticism, I notice these are the type of things that would set the regulars into a feeding frenzy of hateful commenting (If mother was gay or 1 of 2). You know, "children are not puppies", "children are not for the satisfaction of adult desires".

    This author has written, as i understand, "being a stepparent or adoptive parent involves a lesser kind of love than the love for a biological child." attributing this to "knowing for certain that she would die for her biological child, but feeling “not sure I would do that for my nonbiological child.” She also, as i understand, "was previously a bisexual who help raise her partner's child" (No mention of that in this article however). (I screen scraped together a few comments I found while google searching)

    What point is NOM trying to make by posting this? Somehow I doubt she is the new spokesperson for NOM.

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