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March 1, 2013
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  • Conservatives' marriage equality brief attracts more signers: More than 100 prominent Republicans and conservatives, including actor and director Clint Eastwood, have signed a brief urging the Supreme Court to strike down California’s Proposition 8. Signatories added this week include Beth Myers, who was a top adviser to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, and B.J. Nikkel, a Colorado politician who once worked for Marilyn Musgrave, a high-profile marriage equality opponent and former member of Congress. (2/27), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Major U.S. companies urge end to marriage ban: At least 60 U.S. companies, including Apple, Nike, Xerox and Facebook, have signed a brief that urges the Supreme Court to declare California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional. "By singling out a group for less favorable treatment, Proposition 8 impedes businesses from achieving the market's ideal of efficient operations -- particularly in recruiting, hiring, and retaining talented people who are in the best position to operate at their highest capacity," the amicus brief says. CNNMoney/Fortune (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • LGBT issues rile German politics
    With three quarters of German voters now in favor of marriage rights for same-sex couples, Chancellor Angela Merkel must decide whether to move her party to the left on the issue or stick to policies favored by social conservatives in her party, the Christian Democrats. Other parties see the issue as an opening to gain political advantage in parliamentary elections this year. "Ms. Merkel cannot ignore this. She will have to react," said Gero Neugebauer, a political scientist at Berlin’s Free University. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Minn. lawmakers introduce marriage equality bill
    Sen. Scott Dibble and Rep. Karen Clark were among the Minnesota state lawmakers who submitted legislation this week that would allow same-sex couples to marry. Dibble and Clark, who are openly gay, said they were not sure if there are enough votes yet for passage. "I think we’re now ready to take the next step, and it means everything to our families," Clark said. Other co-sponsors include Republican state Sen. Branden Petersen. Gawker/Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (2/28), (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Congress passes LGBT-inclusive anti-violence law
    A bipartisan vote to pass an LGBT-inclusive reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act shows deepening divides among GOP factions on Capitol Hill, according to this article. The House rejected a Republican version of the bill that stripped out LGBT language easily passed by the Senate. It then voted to adopt the Senate version. CNN (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sociologists' group denounces same-sex parenting study
    The American Sociological Association has submitted a brief to the Supreme Court dismantling a high-profile study that found that the children of gays and lesbians suffer adverse effects. "The Regnerus study obscures the fact that it did not specifically examine children raised by two same-sex parents. Accordingly, it cannot speak to the impact of same-sex parenting on child outcomes," the brief said. The study has been used to support Proposition 8. Pam's House Blend (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Republicans can live with differences on marriage, commentator says
    Conservative commentator S.E. Cupp this week said she would not attend the Conservative Political Action Conference unless the organization welcomes the full participation of conservative LGBT organizations. Cupp sat down with The Blaze to answer questions about how the Republican party should handle the issue, explaining that there is no single conservative take on marriage equality. It's both "bad manners" and "bad calculus" to exclude those whose conservative views include freedoms for LGBT people, such as the freedom to marry. (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Prejudice may not ... be the basis for differential treatment under the law."
--From a U.S. Department of Justice amicus brief filed in the Proposition 8 case at the Supreme Court, as quoted by The New York Times

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