USA: Prop 8 / Defense of Marriage Act Update 3/25/13

Written by scott on March 25th, 2013

Snow in DC at Supreme CourtA new morning, a fresh batch of Prop 8 / Defense of Marriage Act stories to share with y’all. First off, we’re going to SF later this morning to attend tonight’s rally and march in the Castro. Anyone else going? Look for us! We’ll be wearing matching black Love is Love t-shirts.

In DC, it’s snowing on those poor souls waiting in line for the hearings outside the Court, a line that will have lasted for five days once the courtroom doors open tomorrow. Joe.My.God reports:

The top photo from today’s Washington Post front page shows John Millet and Jason Wonacott as they wait for seats at tomorrow’s Supreme Court hearing. Wonacott tweeted the second photo early this morning and in response to requests on his live-blog, he has posted his Starbucks card number in case supporters want to help keep those in line supplied with hot coffee.

Over at Think Progress, they’ve posted a list of thirteen offensive things Justice Antonin Scalia has compared homosexuality to:

Here are some of the most offensive things Scalia compared to homosexuality in his past opinions: Murder, Polygamy and Cruelty to Animals: In Romer v. Evans, the Court held that Colorado could not enact a state constitutional amendment motivated solely by animus towards gay people. Scalia saw no problem with laws enacted with such a motivation — “The Court’s opinion contains grim, disapproving hints that Coloradans have been guilty of ‘animus’ or ‘animosity’ toward homosexuality, as though that has been established as Unamerican. . . . I had thought that one could consider certain conduct reprehensible-murder, for example, or polygamy, or cruelty to animals-and could exhibit even ‘animus’ toward such conduct.”

We have to think it wasn’t too hard to come up with this list, given Scalia’s well-documented record hating on the gays. Hit the link above for the full list.

At NBC News, they’re reporting that Chief Justice Roberts’ lesbian cousin will be attending the hearings. Who knew?

Jean Podrasky will sit in a section of the courtroom reserved for relatives and guests of the chief justice. Her partner of four years, Grace Fasano, will attend with her, she told the Los Angeles Times. Podrasky said that she has no knowledge of the chief justice’s thinking but expects the court to overturn Proposition 8, a ban on gay marriage that was approved by California voters in 2008. “He is a smart man,” she told the newspaper. “He is a good man. I believe he sees where the tide is going. I do trust him. I absolutely trust that he will go in a good direction.”

These things so often hinge on knowing a gay person, so who knows if this might help tip the scales?

Speaking of tipping the scales, LGBTQ Nation wonders if President Obama’s briefs on Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act will make a difference:

Ted Boutrous, one of the lead attorneys for the same-sex couples challenging Proposition 8, told reporters in a telephone conference call February 28 that he was “extremely pleased” with the Obama administration’s brief in that case. He said the brief is “powerful” and places the “full weight” of the government behind their arguments against the ban. The administration’s urging heightened scrutiny for laws treating people differently based on sexual orientation, he said, is a “clear path toward marriage equality across the United States,” even beyond the seven states similarly situated as California.

Freedom to Marry’s Evan Wolfson had a pithy take on the fight, LGBTQ Nation reports:

“Gay people are not going to use up all the marriage licenses when we enter marriage. And this is not just somebody saying it. We now have nine states plus the District of Columbia, fourteen countries on four continents in which gay people share in the freedom to marry, and the result is families are helped and no one is hurt.”

And finally, one of the two couples at the heart of the Prop 8 case has wedding plans if things go their way. On Top Magazine reports:

After 13 years together, the lesbian couple at the center of the Proposition 8 case say they’re hoping for a small wedding… They said they are hoping the court issues the broadest possible ruling. And, if the court rules in their favor, they will marry in a small, private ceremony. “We did the big celebration a long time ago,” Perry said. “I hope this will be something a lot bigger than the two of us.”

We hope they get the chance.

1 Day to go.


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