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December 11, 2012
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  • Supreme Court to hear landmark marriage equality cases
    The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear cases about the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, marking the first time questions on legal marriage for same-sex couples will be considered by the high court. Some LGBT advocates once wary of testing the court's views on the issue now say they're confident that the court will take into account the dramatic change in public opinion on marriage equality over the past few years. "We've hit a tipping point on this issue. I think we are better positioned than ever," said Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Others expressed nervousness that the justices could decide there is no constitutional right to marry a same-sex partner, a decision they argue could set back the marriage equality cause. Bloomberg (12/8), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Republican Party quiet on marriage, but Beck has an idea: News that the Supreme Court will consider cases about marriage equality was met by mostly silence from Republicans on Capitol Hill, despite the fact that the GOP-controlled House is behind a $2 million legal effort to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. But conservative activist Glenn Beck appeared to signal support for marriage equality when he suggested those who favor it based on the U.S. Constitution should be welcomed into an "ultimate big tent" movement of constitutionalists. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (12/11), Business Insider (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. could join global march toward marriage equality: A growing number of countries in the developed world allow same-sex couples to wed, including Canada, Argentina, Spain and governments throughout Scandinavia. The British and French governments are also advocating for marriage equality legislation. Just 9 of 50 U.S. states permit it, but a ruling by the Supreme Court could make same-sex married couples recognized by the federal government. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/World Now blog (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 40 years later, couple unsurprised court will hear marriage case: A Minnesota couple who appealed to the Supreme Court to allow them to legally marry are still together and living quietly in Minneapolis, 40 years after the court turned them down. Jack Baker proposed to Michael McConnell in 1967, and the couple tried unsuccessfully in 1970 to obtain a marriage license, prompting the legal case. "The outcome was never in doubt because the conclusion was intuitively obvious to a first-year law student," Baker told The Associated Press this week. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • Russia to consider ban on "homosexual propaganda"
    Russia's State Duma is set to consider next week legislation that would outlaw the promotion of homosexuality to anyone under the age of 18. Numerous regional governments have passed similar bans. Russian Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev has said he opposes such a law, and human rights groups and the United Nations have raised objections to it. (Russia) (12/7), Gay Star News (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some Wash. couples joined in midnight weddings
    Some same-sex couples married in Washington state minutes after it became legal there Sunday morning. "It's really powerful to have the official approval and exact same rights as all of our heterosexual friends," said Corianton Hale, who married his husband, Keith Bacon, as the clock ran out on a mandatory three-day waiting period after the couple acquired a marriage license. ABC News/The Associated Press (12/9)
  • Other News
  • How do you think the Supreme Court will rule on the 2 marriage cases it has agreed to decide next year?
The court will overturn the DOMA, but affirm constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriages, like Proposition 8
The court will affirm both the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and state bans on same-sex marriages
The court will overturn both the Defense of Marriage Act and find state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional
I have absolutely no idea

  • Is Prop 8 the right case for right now?
    Author Linda Hirshman wonders whether the Supreme Court is ready to find that the U.S. Constitution guarantees a right to marriage for same-sex couples, or whether the pending Proposition 8 case will result in some other outcome or even a setback. Hirshman notes that courtroom civil rights victories for women and African-Americans were built more methodically than the current Proposition 8 case. The New Republic (free registration) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership Spotlight 
  • New director at OutServe-SLDN gets leadership grant
    Allyson Robinson has received the first "New Leadership" grant from the Arcus Foundation, which supports the work of LGBT organizations. The $50,000 grant is designed to support Robinson as she takes over as executive director at OutServe-SLDN. "Allyson is a rock star," said Arcus Executive Director Kevin Jennings. "She's exactly the kind of high-quality talent we want to see in leadership roles in the LGBT movement." Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.)/Poliglot blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Beyond Politics 
  • "Moms" group moving on from J.C. Penney boycott
    The group One Million Moms says it's "moving on" from a boycott of department store chain J.C. Penney that was prompted by the company's hiring of Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson. The group, founded by the American Family Association, said a new Christmas ad featuring DeGeneres was offensive, but added it did not plan to take action beyond contacting the retailer to express concerns. The Huffington Post (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ESPN radio hosts involved in anti-trans rant
    Sports talk radio hosts Steven Czaban and Andy Pollin engaged in a nearly three-minute on-air rant about an openly transgender woman basketball player, saying trans people should not be able to play sports and referring to the player as "it" and "he/she." The pair later offered a 10-second apology for referring to the player as "it." (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The love of my life insisted on it."
--Jake Baker, explaining why he pursued a legal case to the Supreme Court in the early 1970s to win the right to marry his partner, as quoted by The Associated Press

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