UPDATED: Supreme Court Marriage Decisions: DOMA Overturned; Prop 8 Dismissed

UPDATE: Scroll down to the update for links to the decisions and excerpts from the cases. In short, DOMA has been overturned and Prop 8 was dismissed based on lack of standing of those bringing the case...........Today, the Supreme Court hands down decisions in two cases which address gay marriage.  One, Hollingsworth v. Perry (No. 12-144) decides whether California's Proposition 8 violates the Constitution. The second case is United States v. Windsor (No. 12-307) in which the court will … [Read more...]

What does Ron Paul really believe about gays?

Currently, with one week remaining until Iowa's Presidential Caucus, Ron Paul is in the hot seat. The Texas GOP hopeful denies writing racist columns for a newsletter bearing his name during the 1990s. Examining Paul's denials, the Washington Post's Josh Hicks gave Paul three Pinocchios which according to the Post means that Paul's statements are misleading and use "legalistic language that means little to ordinary people."Paul's views on gays are also open to question. One newsletter … [Read more...]

How will this play in Iowa?

New York can keep their gay marriage according to Texas Governor Rick Perry.“Our friends in New York six weeks ago passed a statute that said marriage can be between two people of the same sex. And you know what? That's New York, and that's their business, and that's fine with me. That is their call. If you believe in the 10th Amendment, stay out of their business,” Perry said at an event held by the Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colo., on Friday.I read somewhere that the American Family Ass … [Read more...]

Department of Justice won't defend DOMA, advocates "heightened scrutiny"

Old news by now, but I am including the post by request to facilitate discussion.Some see it as a way to maintain support among younger voters since they favor gay marriage. I think this puts more pressure on the GOP to come out strongly against gay marriage in order to differentiate the party on the issue. While I think that would be misguided and cut against them in the general election, I am pretty sure this will be a big deal during the primary season.To better understand the legal … [Read more...]

Malawi gay couple jailed for “unnatural acts”

According to this CNN report, the Malawian same-sex couple who wed have been found guilty of indecency and unnatural acts.The pair was arrested in December at their home in Blantyre, Malawi, for professing their love in a traditional engagement ceremony. They were rounded up after news reports surfaced, charged under colonial-era sodomy laws and detained at Chichiru Prison without bail.The arrests received some popular support in the conservative southern African nation, but sparked … [Read more...]

Today’s forecast: 100% chance that today’s top stories will involve a Supreme Court

Obama announces his SCOTUS pick at 10:15am (est) .California Supreme Court announces ruling on Prop 8 appeal at 1:00pm (est).CNN and USA Today is reporting that Obama will nominate Sonia Sotomayor. If true and if confirmed, she will be the first Hispanic justice. She was nominated to the federal bench by George Bush I. Her wikipedia entry already has the news.Got any other news you want to drop today? I wouldn't advise it. I think these two stories may push North Korea to … [Read more...]

Carrie Prejean has second thoughts about recent Blisss Magazine pic

On the heels of defending revealing photos as part of the job of a model, Carrie Prejean has had second thoughts about a recent photo published in Blisss Magazine (spelled Bl!sss on the mag website). Miss Prejean's pic is a "Super Taste" centerfold of the month and is the lead photo on her Otto Models page. (warning: not workplace friendly)The recent controversy surrounding Miss Prejean's modeling work has focused on pictures of her taken when she was 17. She has expressed regret publicly … [Read more...]

New Danish study reviews mortality among married gays

In April, 2007, I posted a rebuttal to Paul and Kirk Cameron's claims that gays die 20-plus years sooner than straights. That post was the first of a nine-part series, Only the Gay Die Young? The links will show up if you click here, here and here. Also, I brought them all together in an article with additional commentary in an article presented at a research summit I conducted in 2007.Participating in that exchange was Morten Frisch, Danish epidemiologist. I initially corresponded with Dr. … [Read more...]


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