Brunei | Nate Silver | News | North Carolina | Ohio | Oklahoma | Rick Perry

Thursday Speed Read: North Carolina, Nate Silver, Rosemary Lehmberg, Brunei, Ohio, Oklahoma

BY LISA KEEN / Keen News Service


OklahomaThe same three-judge panel that heard the lawsuit challenging Utah’s ban on recognition of same-sex marriages today hears a lawsuit challenging Oklahoma’s. Jim Campbell, legal counsel from the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal group that has been opposing same-sex marriage, will argue for Oklahoma. Don Holladay, counsel with Holladay & Chilton in Oklahoma City, will argue for the plaintiffs.  Argument begins at 1:30 MDT at the Denver federal courthouse. Each side will get 15 minutes. Audio recordings of the proceedings will be available on the court’s website within 24 hours of adjournment.


BruneiThe United Nations’ Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a statement April 11 admonishing the southeast Asian nation of Brunei for revising its penal code to require stoning to death any person convicted of sodomy and other sexually related offenses. The revised code goes into effect April 22. U.N. spokesman Rupert Colville said the revised code “may encourage further violence and discrimination against women and also against people on the basis of sexual orientation.”


U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black did as he said he might: He ordered the state of Ohio Wednesday to include the names of both same-sex parents on the birth certificates of children born and adopted to four same-sex couples in a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriages. But he stayed his ruling that the state ban on recognizing marriages of same-sex couples is unconstitutional. The stay will remain pending review by the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The case, Henry v. Wymyslo, was led by civil rights attorney-activist Al Gerhardstein in Cincinnati.


LehmbergTexas Republican Governor Rick Perry is into a big-time scrap with lesbian Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat. Lehmberg, who’s gay, is the top prosecutorial officer for Travis County –the same county that runs the state’s Public Integrity Unit which is charged with investigating wrongdoing by state officials. She’s credited with convicting U.S. House Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay in 2010 for money laundering (a case now on appeal to the state’s high court for criminal appeals). But Lehmberg ran into trouble last April when police found her drunk and behind the wheel of a car in a church parking lot. Lehmberg acknowledged guilt, apologized, spent three weeks in jail, and entered a treatment program. But she refused calls from Perry and other Republican leaders to resign. Perry then claimed Lehmberg had “lost the public’s confidence” and vetoed funding for her Public Integrity budget. Texans for Public Justice, a political watchdog group, charged that Perry is breaking the law by trying to coerce Lehmberg’s resignation. And this week, a Texas judge seated a grand jury to look into those allegations. Perry has reported hired a defense attorney.


SilverOpenly gay political data cruncher Nate Silver yesterday echoed predictions that are being heard more and more frequently these days: Republicans appear poised to take over the Senate in the mid-term elections this November. Silver’s latest model “puts Democratic losses in the Senate at 6.8 seats….”


A poll this month in North Carolina indicates opposition to same-sex couples marrying has softened by eight points in the past two years. In May 2012, 61 percent of voters said yes to a ban on same-sex couples marrying. But a Public Policy Polling survey taken April 3-6 of 740 registered voters found only 53 percent still oppose same-sex marriage.

© 2014 Keen News Service. All rights reserved.

Feed This post's comment feed


  1. The Democrats will lose the Senate.

    Oh well - who cares.

    It's not like the US is in any sense a functioning democracy anyway.

    Now that corporations are people who are allowed to spend unlimited cash, we can stop pretending politicians care about people.

    There is no point in voting.

    The current system needs to be replaced - and sadly voting won't achieve that.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 17, 2014 9:21:28 AM

  2. I agree - Nate is almost certainly correct as he always is - don't fool yourself for a millsecond. If the Republicans also win the White House in 2016...I bet my life and the lives of all those dear to me that in the first 90 days anti-gay marriage legislation will be a priority.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Apr 17, 2014 9:51:47 AM

  3. someone needs an editor:

    "Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry is into a big-time scrap with lesbian Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat. Lehmberg, who’s gay,"...

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 17, 2014 10:06:39 AM

  4. Echtkultig - gay marriage is a useful wedge issue (along with abortion and immigration) to trick the American public into thinking that here is a substantive difference between the 2 parties in our 2 party oligarchy.

    Meanwhile the rich get richer, the middle class disappears and the government works only for the megarich.

    It is pretty much irrelevant any more who wins an election.

    The entire system is rotten and needs to be changed.

    That change will not come through voting.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 17, 2014 10:24:01 AM

  5. @Marym - Yeah, revolution is just around the corner. Get real. Change will come through voting, but only after a large chunk of the Tea Party geezers die off.

    Regarding "North Carolina Softens": It's not really true. The story is comparing election results in 2012 to a random poll in 2014. If you compare poll to poll, which is more valid, there is almost no change.

    Posted by: Merv | Apr 17, 2014 11:01:25 AM

  6. Don't vote, don't fight back, willingly hand over all power to the corporations, fundamentalists, and teabaggers.

    Yeah, that makes sense...IF YOU'RE A WORM!

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Apr 17, 2014 1:40:33 PM

  7. "Openly gay political data cruncher Nate Silver..."

    Again with the 'openly gay'? WTF?

    Posted by: Openly Human | Apr 17, 2014 2:54:17 PM

  8. RE: Posted by: MaryM | Apr 17, 2014 10:24:01 AM

    Maybe it's because I'm not a self-loathing Log Cabin Teathuglican, but I don't think equality and freedom are "wedge issues," I think they are the bedrock of American Democracy. Most voters do too, which is why the troglodyte conservanut GOP will never again win a national election until their anti-equality, anti-freedom stances change dramatically.

    Posted by: DK | Apr 17, 2014 8:04:33 PM

Post a comment


« «Pomplamoose's James Brown Cover Will Make You Say, 'I Feel Good' - VIDEO« «