Yearly Archives: 2012

Surprises embedded in Second Circuit ruling; may improve prospects at Supreme Court

The ruling by a Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel was not a big surprise. But the panel’s related ruling—that laws should be held to a heightened standard of review when they treat people differently because of their sexual

Five ballot battles promise nail-biters as opponents pull out the old scare tactics

Anti-gay activists opposing marriage equality for same-sex couples are counting in fives. They’re distributing videotapes to pastors laying out a five-step plan-of-action for each church. They’re distributing another video offering five reasons voters should defeat marriage equality ballot measures at

Debate fallout: 47 percent say vote unchanged, but 35 percent wooed by Romney

A CNN poll of 430 people who watched the first presidential debate Wednesday night found that 47 percent said the debate would not likely affect their vote. But 35 percent said the debate made them more likely to vote for

Baldwin edges into the lead

After trailing a popular former governor for weeks, U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin has now edged into the lead for the U.S. Senate seat from Wisconsin.

Court puts off deciding whether to hear Prop 8 case

On its first official day of the 2012-13 session, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday did not include the Proposition 8 case on the list of cases it would or would not review.

Historic Supreme Court session starts Monday; DOMA, Prop 8, and NOM on potential agenda

Perhaps the most historic U.S. Supreme Court session ever for the LGBT community gets underway officially October 1, with a record nine gay-related cases seeking review, all involving same-sex marriage.

Frank’s slam against GOP gays not likely to woo votes to Obama

The presidential finish line is eight weeks off, and there’s little indication that the LGBT vote in this year’s presidential election will divide up any differently than it has in the past several: 3 to 1 for the Democrat. But

BLAG appeals DOMA to Supreme Court

It’s not a surprise, but it is news: House Speaker John Boehner and his colleagues in the Republican leadership have given the go-ahead for an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of preserving the Defense of Marriage Act

Roberts leads decision to uphold health reform law

In a dramatic move with significant political and economic implications, a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday (June 28) voted to uphold President Obama’s landmark health care reform law.

ENDA: Now, it’s all about religion

Opposition to ENDA –the Employment Non-Discrimination Act-- was all about the bathrooms in the last Congressional session. This time around, it’s about religion. National Religious Broadcasters Association spokesman Craig Parshall told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Tuesday