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Recapping the week of April 23-27 at


By Jacob Combs

What you may have missed over the past week at…

On Monday, April 23, Adam began the week by covering the first TV ads released by the Campaign to Protect All NC Families urging North Carolinians to vote no on the anti-gay and discriminatory Amendment One.  I wrote about the White House’s endorsement of two anti-bullying bills in Congress, the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Student Non-Discrimination Act.  Scottie reported on a “Don’t Say Gay” bill being considered in Minnesota, as well as NOM’s new partnership with the Christian Civil League of Maine to combat marriage equality efforts in the state.  In his weekly video update, AFER’s Matt Baume spoke about a civil union bill being considered in the Colorado state Senate, where it was expected to pass but to face an uphill climb in the state House for lack of an official sponsor.

On Tuesday, I began the day by covering a potentially watershed opinion by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that held gender identity-based discrimination illegal under Title VII, which prohibits sex discrimination.  Scottie analyzed a new PPP poll showing record low support for Amendment One in North Carolina, and also covered the first ad released by the pro-amendment forces in the state.  Scottie also posted an equality news round-up for the day.

On Wednesday, I wrote about a bill being introduced in the California legislature that would protect patients from ex-gay therapy and ban the use of the practice on minors below the age of 18. Scottie covered a video statement by North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan urging voters to vote no on Amendment One, and also wrote about a statement by the state attorney general vowing to vote no on the amendment.  In addition, Scottie posted a round-up of DOMA news, and looked at why arguments against DOMA just don’t hold water.

On Thursday, our coverage began with my post on a new Pew research poll showing that 47 percent of Americans support marriage equality, with strong support matching strong opposition (at 22 percent) for the first time ever.  Scottie wrote about the consequences that Amendment One would have for women, as well as the decision by North Carolina Rep. Jim Crawford, who sponsored a bill supporting the amendment in the legislature, to vote against the amendment next Tuesday. He also looked at the religious arguments in support of Amendment One in North Carolina and exposed some selective quoting in a pro-amendment ad that misrepresented research on domestic violence.

On Friday, I reported that the Colorado Senate had passed a civil union bill, which will go to the House, where it could face a quick demise.  Scottie wrote about the Servicemembers’ Legal Defense Network’s amicus brief in an anti-DOMA military trial, and covered the quickly shifting momentum in North Carolina, where a win against Amendment One could be within reach.

Finally, Adam wrote yesterday about the second phase of Courage Campaign’s get out the vote efforts in North Carolina.  Readers and supporters can sign up here to head to North Carolina next weekend during the critical 72 hour period before the rest of the state votes on May 8.  We at Courage, in partnership with the Coalition to Protect All NC Families, will help take care of housing and travel arrangements, and travel reimbursement is available. Whether you’re coming from as far as Seattle or as close as Virginia, we can make it work. Adam and I will both be in North Carolina next week along with several other Courage staff members–come join us and help us make history next Tuesday!

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.

Thanks for reading!

What you can do to help on Amendment One:Goal Thermometer

1. Contribute to the campaign on ActBlue so they have the resources they need to get our message out.

2. Sign up for a Courageous Conversation about Amendment One with someone you know in NC.

3. Follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter.

4. Download social media tools and yard signs to show your opposition to Amendment 1.

5. Volunteer to Call for Equality – a GOTV phone banking effort against Amendment 1.


  • 1. Bill S.  |  April 30, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Any legal analysts want to guess why it's taking so long to get a decision on the en banc appeal?

    My guess is that the vote is *incredibly* close not to appeal en banc, perhaps even a tied vote (which would deny an en banc hearing), which means there are lots of judges who are circulating petitions trying earnestly to get one or two judges to flip.

  • 2. Leo  |  April 30, 2012 at 7:30 am

    I would step back and ask if we even have any empirical evidence that it usually takes less time.

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