I just spoke with Jeremy DaRos of RageAgainstTheRight.com who is attending the No On One Maine party in Portland at the Holiday Inn. Attendees are cautiously optimistic as numbers are slowly working their way in. Because Maine precincts are small, Jeremy tells us we can expect faster results than most states with large metropolitan city centers.
According to an article in the Huffington Post, a Justice of the Peace in Hammond, Louisiana has denied an interracial couple their right to marry. The Justice claims he is not a racist, but is concerned for the future offspring of the children.
I’m continually struck by the number of people that claim not to be racist or bigots while practicing racist or bigotted things. Apparenlty, they know that being a racist or a bigot is wrong, and they are on the side of right — right?
Watch the current Yes on 1 ads in Maine and you’ll see some familiar faces. Yes, right there on your TV screen you’ll see Robb and Robin Wirthlin bemoaning the fact that their child’s teacher read the book King & King to the class. Why do they look familiar? It’s exactly the same footage used in the Yes on 8 campaign spots from California last year.
But this isn’t the first, or the second time the opposition has used essentially this same ad.
Last month, a U.S. District Judge dismissed the lawsuit filed by Arthur Smelt and Christopher Hammer seeking to find the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) unconstitutional. That dismissal was a logistics issue, not a dismissal because the allegations against DOMA were unfounded. In the Smelt case, the Judge found that the suit “should have” been filed in federal court, not state court.
You may remember a short time ago, the U.S. Senate attached Hate Crimes legislation to a tourism promotion bill – prior to moving it over to the defense spending bill. At that time, I wrote an article asking what sexual orientation and tourism have in common. Well, now we finally have our answer.
Let’s face it, Iowa isn’t exactly the tourism capital of the United States. In fact, it’s likely one of the last places mentioned when you ask someone where they would like to spend their summer vacation.
The Wisconsin Attorney General, J. B. Van Hollen, has stated that he will not defend the legislatures domestic partnership law in filings seeking to overturn it. The republican Attorney General feels the legislation, which provides hospital visitation and inheritance protections to same-sex couples, is a violation of the Wisconsin Constitution which holds that no relationship between same-sex couples can be recognized in Wisconsin which is “similar to” marriage.
A bronze plaque memorializing what might have been and what should have been, same-sex marriage right, is being placed in California’s West Hollywood. The City Council will unveil the plaque at its September 8th meeting and place it at Hollywood Park off North San Vicente Boulevard.
The plaque will bear an interesting quote from an even more interesting person, former South African president, Nelson Mandela.
It’s easy to see why so much attention is being given to the lawsuit filed by the Massachusetts Attorney General, Martha Coakley, is getting so much attention. Massachusetts was the first of the now six states to provide marriage equality to its citizens. It now seems Massachusetts will lead the way as the State challenges the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”).
But before the wahoos in Texas and other jurisdictions get their Bibles all up in people’s faces, the challenge presented by Massachusetts doesn’t challenge Section 2 of DOMA which allows states not to recognize unions performed in other jurisdictions, but instead challenges Section 3 which defines marriage on the Federal level as being between one man and one woman.
Reports are circulating about the Obama Administration’s recent comments in their “Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Defendant United State’s of America’s Motion to Dismiss” filed in the Smelt case [Case 8:09-CV-00286-DOC-MLG in the United States District Court, Central District of California, Southern Division]. Some blogs are already reporting that the administration equates gay marriage to “incest and child marriage.”