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Marriage equality

By Scottie Thomaston

– We are still waiting on the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) – who is defending DOMA in court – to file their petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court in the Gill/Massachusetts DOMA case. In a filing in another DOMA case last week, BLAG said the petition would be filed by the end of the month.

– Minnesota activists campaigning for an anti-gay amendment are using violent rhetoric to make their case. (They are now claiming they were hacked.)

– In Maryland, anti-gay activists working to put an amendment on the ballot are $88,000 in debt.

– There’s a new poll on Republicans and marriage equality, from the Washington Post.

– Rhode Island passed a transgender-inclusive hate crimes law last month.

– Marriage equality activists in Maine are predicting victory.


  • 1. Stefan in CA  |  June 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    I wish they wouldn't bother with the victory predictions. They, just like the optimistic polls, make me nervous. Just keep focusing the ultimate goal, while educating people and working towards a positive outcome in Nov. It seems to me that there's little to no value in predictions.

  • 2. grod  |  June 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Further to Scottie comment on the anticipated outcome in Maine, Mike Tipping's brief article in the Kennebec Journal -June 27
    is an useful guide to the difference in polling methods/results in Maine 2009 and 2012. While Stefan's point above that "there is little to no value in predictions" is acknowledged, most of us turn to polls to help prepare ourselves and others for the eventual results. Those who read my post about the Alberta, Canada April 23 provincial election will recall that even as the actual polls closed, broadcasters were assuming the premier and her government were going down to defeat, rather than forming a majority government. In hindsight, traditional voters of the third party moved to Alison Redford, fearing the formation of a "more" conservative [tea-party] government. Polls do influence outcome.

  • 3. Mike in Baltimore  |  June 28, 2012 at 12:32 am

    There's still Thursday, June 28, and Friday, June 29 to file if they want to file 'before the end of the month'.

    Maybe they want to file while SCOTUS is revealing the court's decision on the Affordable Care Act, and thus hope they can avoid some scrutiny? Or will they wait until Friday, hoping that they will be able to hog all the attention? With this bunch, it's hard to tell.

  • 4. devon  |  June 28, 2012 at 5:25 am

    I wouldn't be surprised if BLAG doesn't file the petition this week.
    Slow walking the DOMA lawsuits and particularly the prop 8 case seems to be the intent of the republicans and the haters.

  • 5. Mike in Baltimore  |  June 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm


    But slow-walking, or fast-acting, gets the petition to SCOTUS prior to the start of the October 2012 term. The VERY last date to get the petition to SCOTUS is September 4 (actually September 3, but that is a holiday, thus September 4). The first conference for the October 2012 term is September 24, and the actual term begins October 1, 2012. If they take the absolute longest time, and AFER takes the absolute longest time to respond (30 days after the September SCOTUS conference, or October 24), there is still plenty of time to schedule oral arguments, and a decision by the end of the term (June 2013, if the petition is accepted).

    So they can take their time, or speed it up a bit or a lot, and they will arrive at the end result in exactly the same time. About the only thing dragging it out will show is that they are dragging it out just to drag it out, and most people look down upon that tactic.

  • 6. Larry  |  June 28, 2012 at 6:38 am

    The Prop 8 proponents might have stalled the Prop 8 case at every opportunity, but BLAG has been pretty good about moving the DOMA cases fast. They've appealed nearly all the cases promptly and haven't really objected to any requests for initial en banc hearings or expedited schedules. My guess is that some Republicans in the House are concerned about the legal expenses and would rather pay Clement as little as possible by getting the cases over with sooner.

  • 7. grod  |  July 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Bishop Malone affirms that the Catholic Church of Maine will play a role in the state's 2012 Ballot initiative… Malone

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