If all goes according to his plan (and it very well may not) this will be a year of leaps and bounds for many of the Americans who felt left behind in 2013. Women, people of color and those living in poverty could all benefit from Obama’s plans to use executive orders rather than waiting on a gridlocked Congress to pass anything to his desk.
The Supreme Court has ruled DOMA unconstitutional and that the petitioners in Prop 8 did not have standing.
Today, the court heard oral arguments related to Prop 8, and everyone has thoughts on how they might rule in response. Now we just have to wait about three more months to actually find out!
Gabrielle’s Team Pick: “Portia and I have been married for 4 years and they have been the happiest of my life. And in those 4 years, I don’t think we hurt anyone else’s marriage. I asked all of my neighbors and they say they’re fine.”
The Justice Department’s amicus brief joins other ones opposed to Prop 8, including one from 75 pro-equality Republicans. This leaves a lot of questions: namely, what took them so long?
With groups that oppose gay marriage finding it hard to find money to do so, the tide may be more decisively turning in gay rights’ favor.
Two cases. Five issues. Nine Justices. Infinite possibilities.
The Supreme Court will review both Prop 8 and DOMA and consider the future of gay marriage in the US.
The Supreme Court took no action today on Prop 8 or on cases dealing with DOMA.
“…a class of people large enough to constitute a population majority—as women did—could not feasibly be “oppressed…”
NOM’s shocking internal documents have been made public, includes gems like: “The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks—two key Democratic constituencies.”
“But from a legal standpoint, how we reach an outcome is every bit as important as the outcome that we reach.”
Salon digs in to the life story of Gay Marriage’s Enemy Number One, Maggie Gallagher and reveals new insights into exactly how she got this way.
Who’s Justice Anthony Kennedy and how is he gonna feel about Prop 8?
Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling against Prop 8 is upheld!
So many things happened this year that weren’t terrible!
Rachel’s Team Pick: There is just nothing not funny coming out of Charles Coopers’ mouth.
In case you were worried we hadn’t spent enough time discussing Judge Walker’s gayness.
“If EQCA abdicates their responsibility to fight for equality for the LGBT Community in California and to honor their prior commitments, Love Honor Cherish will fill the void.”
They might get to keep “the precious power” of voter initiatives, but we might get marriage.