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President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks to reporters about the fiscal cliff in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks to reporters about the fiscal cliff in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
– At a DNC gala, President Obama discussed the GOP’s anti-LGBT positions.

– In the Nebraska marriage case, the plaintiffs filed a supplemental notice that the state is refusing to issue birth certificates to married same-sex couples with children on terms equal to those provided to opposite-sex couples.

Thanks to Equality Case Files for these filings


  • 1. David Cary Hart  |  September 28, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Re Nebraska, I am getting tired of this shit; Particularly by government officials who are PERSONALLY liable if they use the power of their office to circumvent constitutional rights.

    We need to start suing these nitwits. Perhaps the couples in KY can start with Ms. Davis (if she even has any assets).

  • 2. Zack12  |  September 28, 2015 at 1:42 pm
    Just a reminder of why next year will be so important.
    It truly can't be overstated the damage George W did to our courts.
    He and his cronies took the Republican plan started under Nixon of transforming the judicial branch into one where Republicans could make sure their prejudices and far right projects would stand the test of time by having judges who would simply rubberstamp anything the Republicans did, roll back progress on things they don't like and basically pull the country to the right to a whole new level.
    The judges he appointed by and large rank more conservative then judges from even the St.Ronnie era do.
    Judges like Sutton, Owens, Cooke, Alito, Roberts etc aren't there to be judges, they are there to be right wing hacks.
    Obama rolled back some of that with his judges but sad to say, he didn't start to take the judicial branch seriously until 2013, too little too late in a way.
    He was able to transform some courts (the 4th the best example) from the right wing hellholes they were but a President Rubio or Jeb can reverse that right back on the 4th or elsewhere.
    And SCOTUS, let's not forget how important that will be.
    The next president will likely be able to appoint three to four new justices.
    We all know what happened with Thurgood Marshall and the vile man he was replaced with.
    That same thing could happen with Ginsburg and Breyer if we don't get off our butts and vote.

  • 3. jpmassar  |  September 28, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Former Rep. Michele Bachmann is not backing away from her End Times prophecies about how President Obama and gay rights advocates are paving the way for America’s destruction and the Apocalypse… Denouncing “Barack Obama’s dangerous policies,” Bachmann said that the president is putting America in God’s crosshairs:

    When we raise our fist to a holy God and say that we are going to redefine marriage, we are going to be okay with paying a Planned Parenthood to cut up innocent baby parts and sell them for research, that clearly is a problem and as we have seen God render judgment in the days of Noah, in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah and so forth throughout history, what the prophets have told every generation is that there is a just God and the people must repent and turn to him. So too in this day of wickedness in our own culture, we need to do the same. We need to repent and we need to confess because a holy Savior is coming to save us and redeem us from this sin-sick world.

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  • 4. VIRick  |  September 28, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    And her husband, Marcus Bachmann, is still totally gay.

  • 5. VIRick  |  September 28, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Brasil: Wingnuts Try To Roll Back Same-Sex Marriage

    A special committee called by Brasil's Chamber of Deputies President, Eduardo Cunha, has approved a statute that defines a family as a being headed by a man and a woman. The statute is seen as the first move in an attempt to roll back same-sex marriage rights.

    Rio de Janeiro daily, "O Globo," reports that the text was promoted by conservative lawmakers with close ties to the Catholic Church, over fierce opposition from the governing Workers’ Party of President Dilma Rousseff and pro-LGBT activists who spent last week protesting outside parliament. The parliamentary showdown comes after the May 2013 decision by a Federal Court to effectively legalize same-sex marriage. Religious lawmakers told "O Globo" that the decision was a case of the judiciary overstepping its authority, and that Congress had to defend the traditional family structure. The vote sparked virulent debate between supporters and opponents of the statute. One legislator supporting the proposed new definition of family told the newspaper that gay marriage was “Marxist state intervention.” A same-sex marriage supporter likened the new statute to a coup d’état.

    RELATED: Last month Cunha was charged with corruption and money-laundering.

    Eduardo Cunha, a member of Brasil’s largest political party, was accused of taking a $5 million bribe related to contracts for two drill ships built for state-run oil company Petrobras, the focus of the country’s biggest-ever corruption scandal. The prosecutor’s office said it also made unspecified charges against former president Fernando Collor de Mello, now a senator. His name had been on the Supreme Court’s list of dozens of people under investigation in the Petrobras scandal. Cunha quit President Dilma Rousseff’s coalition last month to join opposition lawmakers seeking her impeachment and has obstructed Rousseff’s efforts to cut Brasil’s gaping fiscal deficit by passing more spending bills. The corruption charges will isolate Cunha and weaken his offensive against the president, who is battling the country’s worst recession in three decades.

  • 6. sfbob  |  September 28, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    So basically this is intended (among other quite obvious things) to serve as a distraction from Cunha's legal troubles. No surprise.

  • 7. A_Jayne  |  September 28, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    This shows an important difference between a legislative and a court victory –

    Legislation can be repealed or changed in the future if "those in power" don't like the law.

    Since a court victory requires "equal treatment" going forward, however, further legislation to make things unequal is out of the question. (Or, at least, can again be overturned in court…)

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