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Equality news round-up: new PPP poll in Michigan shows 16 point shift on marriage equality, and more

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By Scottie Thomaston

– SCOTUSBlog’s Lyle Denniston writes about DOMA and marriage equality cases, and suggests that the longer it takes the Ninth Circuit to decide whether to hear the Prop 8 case en banc, the more likely it is that rehearing will be denied:

The Proposition 8 case (Perry v. Brown, Circuit docket 10-16696) is likely headed to the Supreme Court, and, if en banc review is denied in the Circuit Court, could reach the Justices as early as this summer. No action on it would be likely before the new Term, starting October 1.

(The longer the time lapse since en banc review was sought in that case, the more likely it seems that such reconsideration will be denied, with some judges on the full bench writing dissents from such a denial.)

– From documents at the Reagan library, a memo on Judge [now Justice] Anthony Kennedy from 1986 before his confirmation to the Supreme Court noted that he “spoke very favorably of constitutional ‘privacy rights'” and “grudgingly” upheld the military’s gay ban.

– Good news from Michigan:

– Anti-gay activists in Ohio tried to block repeal of the marriage amendment in the state from going on the ballot in 2013, and the challenge failed.

– The Maine Education Association endorsed marriage equality in the state and Maine’s governor is unhappy.

– In Maryland, the first set of signatures to place marriage equality on the ballot are being submitted.

– It’s getting a little easier to be gay in Alabama.

– A business in North Carolina opposed Amendment 1, and it’s facing a backlash.

– Brazil is close to passing civil unions.

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  • 1. Sagesse  |  May 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm


  • 2. Jamie  |  May 29, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I really hope that Replacements LTD leaves the state. That is what it will take to change this dynamic – businesses leaving when bigotry gets written into state constitutions. I honestly have no idea why that poor man stays.

  • 3. bayareajohn  |  May 30, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Re: Moving 16 points in Michigan
    I guess it's also a really good sign that we don't have to ask WHICH DIRECTION.

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