Tag Archives: 2012

Prop 8 defense lawyer “evolves” on gay marriage

In another case of if  it affects you, now  it matters. Attorney Charles Cooper, the lawyer who defended Prop 8 in the State Supreme Court, said that he is “evolving” on gay marriage. What’s changed you ask? Well of course, his daughter is marrying a woman. From Brandon Sun:

The revelation is an unexpected footnote in the years-long debate over Proposition 8, the California measure struck down by the Supreme Court last year. It is also offers a glimpse, through the eyes of one family, of the country’s rapidly shifting opinions of gay marriage, with most public polls now showing majorities in favour of allowing the unions.

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Inauguration Inspiration- Four More Years

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Okay first off, if you haven’t watched Obama’s inauguration speech please do so, it is so very worth your time.

Typically, inaugurations are more about what a great nation America is, with only a few broad points about policy or what they wish to accomplish in the next few years. Well boys and girls, this time was different.

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A year in review with Matt Baume

Needless to say, 2012 has been a wonderful year for equality. Obama is in office again, two states voted to pass same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court decided they would hear the Prop 8 and DOMA cases, and the polls are on our side. Support for equality is growing, and will only continue growing. With all that was going on, it’s good to have a review and for that we have Matt Baume from the Americans For Equal Rights.

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How are you spending your last hours alive?

Alright readers! I know at least some of you are partying like it’s 1999 just in case it’s actually the end of the world (guess what, it isn’t). This is just a PSA, party safe people!

After the jump there’s a video on why the world isn’t ending tomorrow, and what the end of the Mayan Calendar really means.

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It’s Monday, and still no word from SCOTUS on Prop 8, DOMA.

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We work slooooooooowlllyy.

While I can’t say I’m totally surprised, I am a little disappointed. It looks like the DOMA and Prop 8 cases have been scheduled for the Conference this Friday, December 7th. If they do make a decision we could hear from the Court that day or the following Monday, December 10th.

I’m sure the Supreme Court will rule in our favor in both cases, I just wish they would get to it a little faster. Lambda Legal’s Jon Davidson has the skinny on why the Supreme Court may be taking their time:

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SFGMC recounts first candlelight vigil for Harvey Milk

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In the clip description:

One of the chorus’ founding singers, Robert Rufo, recounts the chorus’ first public appearance, which was at the candlelight vigil on the night when Harvey Milk was assassinated with gunshot to his head. The chorus performed “Thou Lord Our Refuge” that night, and current chorus singer Edwin Morales has since re-arranged the song for the chorus’ Unplugged concert earlier in 2012, which is the soundtrack for this video.

The AP to no longer use “homophobia”, withdraws it from Stylebook

That’s right folks. The Associated Press have released their revised Stylebook, strongly advising against the use of “homophobia”, and “ethnic cleansing”, but withheld from giving any suggested alternatives as well.

In a chat with Politico, AP Deputy Standards Editor Dave Minthorn said:

“Ethnic cleansing is a euphemism for pretty violent activities, a phobia is a psychiatric or medical term for a severe mental disorder. Those terms have been used quite a bit in the past, and we don’t feel that’s quite accurate.”

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