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  —Walter Cronkite

media annoyances part 1: Adam Nagourney

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Two things annoyed me in the last 24 hours. Well, two media things. First, this morning in an article about same-sex marriage in the NYT, there was utter stupid cluelessness that led me to conclude the article must have been written by a straight person. And indeed, But then I just looked at the byline […]

gay marriage & Equal Protection jurisprudence

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Well, I loved the California same-sex marriage decision. Not just because it granted same-sex marriage, and not just because it said that the state needs to use the same term to refer to same-sex and opposite-sex unions, but because it significantly expanded Equal Protection jurisprudence. For the non-law-geeks out there, federal and state constitutional guarantees […]

positive about civil unions

Friday, August 10th, 2007

In last night’s Democratic candidate debate about The Gays, Clinton explained that she’s not anti-gay marriage: “I prefer to think of it as being very positive about civil unions.” As Michele (my Massachusetts spouse) said: “If she’s so positive, why doesn’t *she* get one.”

NJ SSM decision

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

The NJ Supreme Court is releasing its SSM decision today @ 3pm. [available at NJSC website] Will they help us out but energize the Republicans and lead to queers being blamed if the Dems don’t take the House or Senate? or will they fuck us over leaving everyone, but us, happy? (And if I’m writing […]

what is rational: rationally angry about irrational decisions

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

NY’s Court of Appeals just handed down its no-same-sex-marriage decision, holding that denying marriage licenses on the basis of gender to same-sex partners does not violate New York’s Constitution. In my opinion, this is a big setback for equal protection and individual autonomy. We had a certain momentum going forward in terms of courts accepting […]

gayness

Friday, June 9th, 2006

* Alas (a blog) has deemed Father’s Day “queer sex day” for very good reasons. * Jon Stewart points out the obvious to Bill Bennett’s proffered state rationale for recognizing only male-female marriages: Divorce doesn’t occur because 50% of marriages end in gayness. * New York’s highest court (the confusingly named “Court of Appeals”) heard […]

marriage under attack in massachusetts

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts finally issued its ruling on out-of-state residents marrying in Massachusetts, upholding a previously moribund statute that had been dusted off especially for same-sex marriages. [nyt 3/30; Cote-Whiteacre v. Mass. Dept. of Public Health, SJC-09436 (Mass. SJC 2006/3/30)]

where is the heavenly response?

Monday, May 16th, 2005

on may 17th, it will have been a whole year since Mass. started providing same-sex marriage licenses, and i’m still waiting for the quick and appropriate heavenly response. maybe the very cold weather here in mass., which seems unseasonable to me, is the heavenly response? my same-sex semi-lawfully wed spouse & i will keep a […]

Canada Supreme Court OKs SSM

Thursday, December 9th, 2004

Canada’s Supreme Court has given its official advisory opinion re: same-sex marriage, basically giving the green light to federal legislation to authorize same-sex marriage nation-wide. The Yukon Territory and six of ten provinces have already struck down opposite-sex-only marriage requirements, allowing couples to marry regardless of gender. [cite - from ping] — News | canada.com […]

alabama determined to drive itself into a deep, deep hole

Wednesday, December 1st, 2004

god what a great state i come from. on nov 2 they — unbelievable — actually retained the state constitutional language mandating segregation. now this: MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A lawmaker seeking to ban gay marriages also wants to prohibit state money from being spent on any materials or programs that “recognize” or “promote” homosexuality. […]

marriage

Monday, November 29th, 2004

11/29 update: not surprising but the Supreme Court denied a cert petition to overturn the Mass marriage ruling. [cnn 11/29]

defense of marriage

Monday, November 29th, 2004

The Christian Right and the Sanctity of Marriage As we all know, the Christian Right has now made defense of the institution of marriage, as defined as a union of a man and woman, not only its top political priority, but the very touchstone of Christian moral responsibility. I’ve always found this rather ironic, since […]

same-sex marriage decisions

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

Newfoundland, Canada: lawsuit launched for same-sex marriage [365gay.com 11/5] 2004-11-05: Saskatchewan legalized same-sex marriage, the 7th Canadian province to do so (British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and the Yukon Territory). Four of the plaintiff couples sought to get married in Saskatchewan and a fifth couple sought recognition of its British Columbian marriage. Oral […]


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