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Hey there,

In a few weeks, on January 9, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear marriage cases from three southern states: Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. As we get closer and closer to absolute marriage equality throughout the country, the stakes only get higher. And, with your help, EqualityOnTrial has an opportunity to report on these historic cases from inside the courtroom! We can’t miss it!

With your help, we were able to provide detailed, analytical coverage in the Tenth Circuit, and in the Sixth Circuit. Having seen both arguments up close, I know it’s not just what the judges say, it’s HOW they say it. And I know now more than ever that being able to look them in the eye and sense the tone in the courtroom gave me a more nuanced understanding of their opinions.

We’d love to be there in New Orleans to cover cases in three of the last remaining states that forbid equality for all its citizens.

On a personal note, equality has inched closer and closer to me as a southerner, and it’s thrilling to see how far we’ve come in southern states. I’m not in the Fifth Circuit – I live in Alabama – but Mississippi is right by me, and with the possibility of equality that close, it’s impossible not to be amazed by the progress.

As you can imagine, traveling across the country to cover a court case isn’t cheap. It takes a lot of advanced preparation. There are flights and hotel rooms to book, media credentials to apply for, and, of course, research to be done to bring you the best possible coverage.

$10 could be the lunch I eat before heading to the courthouse. $25 could cover an airline’s baggage charge. And $100 could cover a portion of my flight to get there

Along with supporting our coverage in these few remaining states, though, any amount you can give will help us keep the site running smoothly throughout 2015. Our goal is to raise enough money to provide the best and quickest coverage throughout the year, and make sure we get the word out on new developments up to the minute.

This is an incredible community and you’ve all stepped up in the past to make EqualityOnTrial the best it can possibly be. Here’s to another great year!

Thank you all so much,

– Scottie, and the EqualityOnTrial team

Sincere apologies for the draft that was erroneously posted last Friday. We were testing out the code for the thermometer itself, trying to make sure it showed up correctly. The tech team and the EOT team were working on the back end and the test post for the thermometer was inadvertently posted. The site was down for me at the time, so I didn’t realize it had been published. We apologize for it, and we understand how it looked to everyone. It should not have happened.


  • 1. Jaesun100  |  December 22, 2014 at 7:20 am

    I made a donation to EoT for all they do for equality …..Happy Holidays to Scottie and Team!!!!!!

  • 2. Scottie Thomaston  |  December 22, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Thank you! And happy holidays to you too!

  • 3. JLB57  |  December 22, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Donation made in thanks for what you do to help us connect, share, debate, and grow in our quest for equality.

  • 4. Scottie Thomaston  |  December 22, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Thanks so much 🙂

  • 5. NorthernAspect  |  December 22, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    So is Equality On Trial a division of the Courage Campaign? Is there a way to earmark a donation specifically for Equality on Trial and not for other purposes?

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