The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston has affirmed a ruling declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, bringing the case one step closer to an ultimate resolution at the Supreme Court.
|By: David Dayen Thursday May 31, 2012 8:37 am|
|By: David Dayen Monday May 14, 2012 2:50 pm|
Since Obama’s same-sex marriage announcement last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn have all endorsed marriage equality. But perhaps the most interesting angle came from South Carolina Representative James Clyburn, who had managed to get to May 2012 without ever expressing an opinion on marriage equality; he not only endorsed it, but leapfrogged Obama by rejecting the President’s state’s rights approach to the issue.
|By: Jon Walker Monday May 14, 2012 8:40 am|
An overwhelming majority of Americans, 60 percent, say that President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage will make no difference in how they plan to vote this November according to Gallup.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday May 10, 2012 5:23 pm|
Even before President Obama announced his personal support for marriage equality, the political issue of gay marriage was going to be unavoidable this November. Gay marriage was already guaranteed to be part of the political discourse this cycle because it was already on the ballot in at least two states this November.
|By: David Dayen Thursday May 10, 2012 9:01 am|
I think that the President’s announcement yesterday on marriage equality is worthy of praise. Yet I also see John Cole’s point that, at the end of the day, the President merely expressed an opinion. Presidents expressing an opinion matters more than, say, me expressing one, but we can judge on actions and not words. And there is a list of advances over the last four years on gay rights.
That’s why it’s so puzzling that, on the same day as this expression of opinion, the Administration reiterated that they will not sign the executive order banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation at federal contractors.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday May 9, 2012 12:30 pm|
ABC News has broadcast a preview of President Obama’s remarks from an interview with Robin Roberts today, and the President affirmed his support for marriage equality, saying that same-sex marriage should be legal. [video]
|By: David Dayen Wednesday May 9, 2012 8:15 am|
Yesterday North Carolina passed Amendment One, a constitutional amendment initiative that not only puts the existing ban on same-sex marriage in the state constitution, but will also ban civil unions and domestic partnerships. The DNC is planning it’s convention for Charlotte, North Caroline, so activists are demanding the DNC move the convention.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday May 8, 2012 7:40 am|
LGBT fundraising has replaced Wall Street as a main source of support for the Obama campaign. But the President’s equivocation on ENDA and confusing rhetoric on marriage equality on other gay rights issues has depressed that support. In some cases, it has closed up that well.
|By: David Dayen Monday May 7, 2012 2:40 pm|
The Obama re-election campaign has once again run into a pickle over their tendency to want to appeal to everyone and no one on the subject of gay rights. Asked point-blank in a television interview this weekend, Vice President Joe Biden pronounced himself “absolutely comfortable” with gay and lesbian couples enjoying “the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties” as heterosexual couples. This was complicated further by Arne Duncan, Obama’s Secretary of Education, explicitly endorsing marriage equality a day later.
|By: Lisa Derrick Sunday April 22, 2012 9:00 am|
The GOP nomination is kinda like The Highlander: There can only be one. With nominees dropping like flies off the rotted corpse of what was once the Grand Old Party, by the time the clown car rolls into the Golden State on June 5, there may only be two dudes left: Mitt Rmoney and Fred Karger.