Arkansas Circuit Court Judge Christopher Charles Piazza struck down Amendment 83 to the Arkansas state constitution and a parallel state law known as Act 144 of 1997 which limit marriage to opposite-sex couples. Piazza, like the judges who have similarly ruled in courts around the country, brings his own style to his ruling — in his case, it’s the very pragmatic and practical language of a judge on the front lines of the state judicial system. Piazza not only rules on the case before him, but notes for the sake of the judges that will look at his ruling on appeal that should they choose to overrule him, that will come with a cost. A very steep, very personal cost.
|By: Peterr Saturday May 10, 2014 9:16 am|
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Friday April 4, 2014 5:01 pm|
That this decision was inspired by a dating website standing up for the rights of their membership is a pretty powerful reminder of how far we’ve come.
|By: Peterr Saturday February 15, 2014 9:05 am|
The push toward full marriage equality took another big step forward in Virginia on Thursday evening, just in time to make Valentine’s Day that much more happy for LGBTs and their allies. In a very readable, very well-written 41 page opinion, US District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen (Eastern District of Virginia) struck down Virginia’s prohibition on same sex couples getting married in Virginia and those who were married elsewhere having their marriages recognized within the state.
The whole thing is great, but the very best parts of her opinion were in the footnotes . . .
|By: Peterr Saturday February 8, 2014 9:06 am|
After the Supreme Court struck down DOMA in US v Windsor, same sex couples in states like Missouri that discriminate against them are treading through a maze of conflicting state and federal laws and regulations. In Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon has issued an executive order to cut through this mess with respect to filing state taxes, and the Missouri GOP has reacted in very predictable ways.
Can you say “articles of impeachment”? Sure you can.
|By: Peterr Monday January 20, 2014 3:21 pm|
President Obama has said that Martin Luther King Jr’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is a favorite of his, but again and again, he seems not to understand what King was saying.
Edward Snowden and Angela Merkel are giving him an opportunity to reread it and try once more to get the point.
|By: Lisa Derrick Saturday August 3, 2013 7:53 am|
Teen star Raven-Symonè, who starred as Bill Cosby’s youngest child, Olivia Huxtable on The Cosby Show, and later on Disney’s That’s So Raven, came out today on Twitter.
|By: Attaturk Friday July 19, 2013 1:30 am|
Well taxpayers, it may have been another major failure, but at least you paid for it
|By: Lisa Derrick Wednesday July 10, 2013 5:17 pm|
Stuff comes out when writers write, when you fall through a page the unconscious and subconscious take over.
|By: Alvin McEwen Tuesday July 9, 2013 10:55 am|
Have you ever heard someone say something so dumb, so stupid that the only thing you have to do in order to refute it is to just play the comment back? Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver on how marriage equality will lead to a “revolution.”