You may remember activist Jake Reitan's great video featuring his grandparents speaking out for marriage equality. Now, the entire Reitan family has recorded a spot for Minnesotans for All Families, the campaign to defeat the anti-gay marriage amendment there.
Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...
A bit of an improvement over this morning's snapshot, eh?
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has posted an alert that it will file a brief tomorrow in Perry v. Brown, the Prop 8 Case:
KQED's Scott Shafer said this is almost surely the decision on whether to rehear the case en banc. An en banc panel is made up of 11 judges, chosen at random from the circuit.
If the 9th Circuit denies the request, Prop 8 supporters will almost certainly ask the United States Supreme Court to hear the case.
Towleroad's Ari Ezra Waldman wrote back in February, regarding the upcoming decision:
If granted, an en banc rehearing allows the judges of the Ninth Circuit to do precisely what the 3-judge panel just did -- affirm or reject Judge Walker's decision declaring Prop 8 unconstitutional. It allows them to pass judgment on the panel's narrow holding that focused on Romer and the taking away of rights already granted. So, the Prop 8 Proponents may think they have only upside from an en banc rehearing: The larger court could deny rehearing or grant and affirm on the same narrow grounds, in which case they are no worse off; the judges could grant rehearing and uphold Prop 8, in which case Proponents come out of the Ninth Circuit winners; or, the judges could grant and overturn Prop 8 on the broader due process and equal protection grounds that Judge Reinhardt left untouched. The Prop 8 Proponents could see that broader holding as a long-game victory because it would give the Supreme Court more room to reverse and uphold Prop 8.
If that counterintuitive strategy is part of Proponents' logic, it is nothing but risky. It assumes a broader holding would be more ripe for rejection at the Supreme Court than the current narrow one (which is not clear to me at all), but seems to discount the likelihood that the Supreme Court, relying on Justice Kennedy's broad holdings, could reject Prop 8 and all marriage bans on due process and equal protection grounds, in general (which could be on the table with a broader Ninth Circuit holding).
We cannot prognosticate at this point. But, we can recognize that the petition for rehearing en banc has only upside for the Prop 8 proponents, and it is not simply a frivolous matter of delay.
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In September 2011 I posted about Mitch Stein, the former summer water polo coach at Charter Oak High School in Covina, California, who is suing his former school for wrongful termination because he is gay. The L.A. Times covered it yesterday: "He seeks an unspecified amount of money in damages and wants the incident expunged from his personnel record. Stein also wants his coaching job back."
LGBT ally Judith Light wins Drama Desk award for Other Desert Cities.
Lawsuit charges hospital denied HIV-positive man treatment and visitors, saying "This is what he gets for going against God's will.". Courthouse News: "Joao Simoes sued Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Union County Superior Court. He says that the hospital admitted him in August 2011, but that "requests for his lifesaving medication were not honored," and his sister was denied visitation rights."
Drew Barrymore got married over the weekend.
Prince Harry only dons his powder blue beret on special days.
Former Jacksonville, FL city Council President urges rejection of LGBT non-discrimination ordinance: "This ordinance creates a protected class of people, vesting rights in them based on their personal sexual behavior, not on unchangeable characteristics such as race," says Ginger Soud, who served on city council for 9 years and was president from 1999 to 2000.
Dale Lazarov's (work-unfriendly) Comics Made Me Gay.
Kelly Preston walks out on John Travolta? "A source told the National Enquirer magazine: "Kelly told me their marriage is over and made it clear that she's no longer living in the family home. She's put up with John's double life for decades while his behavior remained in the shadows. But all this coming out in public has humiliated her. Kelly is absolutely destroyed.'"
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Former sheriff's deputy is "person of interest" in decades-old cold case involving hate crime beating death: "Thirty years to the day after 52-year-old Herman Higgs was beaten to death on Santa Fe's north side, police on Friday morning confirmed that they interviewed a former sheriff's deputy whom they are calling "a person of interest" in the case. Police say they believe Higgs, a Navy veteran of both Korea and Vietnam, was killed because he was gay."
Aussie celebs for marriage equality.
Long Island cops say they were demoted for being Republican: "Officers James Canner, 44; Karl Hayes, 42; James McCormack, 55; John Radin, 53; Benjamin Tayne, 47; and Jose Miguez, 39, claim they turned to their union for help, but that then-president Stefan Chernaski, another Democrat, ignored them."
The Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, which sets halachic policy for the Conservative movement, votes unanimously to provide guidelines on same-sex marriage: "The CJLS approved the documents Thursday by a 13-0 vote with one abstaining ballot. For years, the Conservative movement has debated how to approach same-sex unions. Traditionalists often opposed such relationships while urging respect as progressives -- particularly some rabbinical students -- pushed for full equality."
Our friends at Made in Brazil are showing off the fifth print edition of their publication, featuring Marlon Teixeira (above) and Cauã Reymond (below).