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Canada Makes the Baby Jesus Cry

The Canadian Parliament voted today not to revisit the issue of gay marriage, which they approved last year. The new conservative government wanted to reopen the issue, and by a 175 to 123 margin, they voted not to do so. That’s an even wider margin than the vote to approve it. Now, of course, Canada’s…

Why Gay Marriage Matters, Part 2

A great article in the Philadelphia Inquirer a few weeks ago about all the legal and financial difficulties that face gay couples because they can’t get married. Even in states that offer some protection for gay couples, like the right to make medical decisions, they still don’t get treated equally. An example of a couple…

Mary Cheney is Pregnant

The Washington Post reports that Mary Cheney is going to be a mother, along with her longtime partner Heather Poe. I would really love to hear one of the Cheneys’ religious right pals explain to Mary, or to her parents, how Mary and Heather are undermining marriage and destroying civilization and working for Satan, as…

The Maryland Court of Appeals is hearing arguments today in the case of Conaway v. Deane, a suit claiming a right to gay marriage. Jim Burroway emailed me with a link to his analysis of a brief filed by the Family Research Council. Jim does a terrific job of analyzing how the FRC cherry picks…

Law Profs Brief in DADT Case

I wrote the other day about a brief filed by several prominent law professors in a case seeking to overturn the Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) policy. Prof. Akhil Amar, in my opinion one of the finest legal scholars in the country, was kind enough to send me a copy of that brief. This…

Civil Rights Leaders on Gay Rights

The HRC website has interviews with two major civil rights leaders, Julian Bond and Dolores Huerta, on its website. I particularly like what Bond had to say: It’s an “exact parallel,” said Bond. “When the black civil rights movement wins an advance, it isn’t a black advance. It is an advance for all people. Everyone…

The Average Anti-Gay Bigot

If you want to see two articles that perfectly illustrate the nature of the average, everyday anti-gay bigot, take a look at a couple of posts over at Pam’s House Blend. The first post is about a story in a Texas newspaper that took a look at an actual gay couple in Texas and their…

Huge Victory on Gay Parenting

I’ve written before about the case of Lisa Miller and Janet Jenkins, aka Lisa and Janet Miller-Jenkins. They were a lesbian couple who lived first in Virginia for several years, then in Vermont, where civil unions are legal. They were joined in one legally, changed their names legally to symbolize that and then decided to…

A group of leading constitutional scholars, including Akhil Amar, have filed a brief in Federal court in a case challenging the military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy. “If the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy does not require careful and searching constitutional scrutiny, then the First Amendment is a dead letter in the U.S. military,” the…

The admin of the ADF blog has a post where he diligently and gleefully beats the tar out of his straw man version of “leftist libertarians”. Being one of those myself, I find the whole exercise quite amusing and absurd. The straw man is apparent in his false portrayal of what libertarians believe about liberty:…