November 20, 2011
By Adam Bink
One of the responses we got in the P8TT user survey is that people always feel they may have missed something in the trial, marriage equality updates or something else. So, we’re starting a weekly round-up of the past week’s coverage. Look for it (for now) each Sunday.
We’ll also be starting a permanent status post on the state of the trial (one of the most commonly requested things) and Jacob will have more on that early this week. For now, let’s get to the coverage.
On Monday, I wrote about Peter Lassen taking over an LA-area health food store and the local response to it. You may remember Lassen was one of the largest donors to Prop 8. We also covered a new effort to win marriage equality through the legislature in Washington, and a new brief from the media coalition in support of releasing the tapes from the Prop 8 trial.
On Tuesday, Jacob took a closer look at the arguments from an amicus brief in the Gill v. OPM trial regarding DOMA and their historical references. Matt Baume did his usual video and text roundup of marriage, DOMA and updates in the Prop 8 trial.
On Wednesday, I ran through a number of LGBT items of interest in a round-up post. Jacob debunked the right-wingers’ argument that those who oppose marriage equality are routinely harassed for their views. I wrote about our new coalition effort to change Sens. Lieberman and Collins’ mind on DOMA (to which Sen. Lieberman’s people responded). Later that day, the news broke that the California Supreme Court would decide on the issue of whether proponents of ballot initiatives have standing to represent the state when the governor and attorney general decline to do so — an issue important to the Perry case in the Prop 8 trial. We also wrote about National Organization for Marriage and their attempts to make stuff up to raise money. By the way, since that post was published, dozens of you have become new monthly donors at just $5/month or more (receiving the button you see on the right in return). THANK YOU so much for your support. The work we do now with your help is instrumental to putting our movement in a position to repeal DOMA sooner…not to mention helping match whatever NOM raised from their garbage e-mail.
If you haven’t signed up to join your fellow readers as a small donor each month to fuel Courage Campaign’s work to repeal DOMA, you can do so here. Think of it as a Thanksgiving present to couples suffering from being denied over 1,100 federal rights and benefits, which may include you and, as the comments section shows, definitely includes some of your fellow readers.
On Thursday morning, the day of the California Supreme Court decision, we did a preview post looking at the issues in the case and the arguments in the community over what would be a “good” decision. The decision was handed down shortly after 10 AM PST, and Jacob covered the ruling and repeatedly updated the post with reaction from the legal and general LGBT rights community, including from the team representing the plaintiffs on a press call. You can find that coverage here. Later that day, we got word that opponents of California’s FAIR Education Act filed for title and summary from the Attorney General, which is the first step towards filing a ballot initiative to repeal the law, and discussed our past efforts to defeat their first attempt at this and what you could do to help beat them a second time.
On Friday morning, Shannon Minter and Christopher Stoll from the National Center for Lesbian Rights published a guest piece here at P8TT making an argument for why the previous day’s decision was bad for California, and what comes next in the case. Jacob updated us with the status of the Referendum 71 petitions in Washington State, and on the 9th Circuit requesting supplemental briefs in the Prop 8 case following the previous day’s California Supreme Court decision. Later, the plaintiffs in the case responded to a motion to consolidate separate cases regarding the tapes and the general appeal.
On Saturday, we covered Doug Manchester’s plans to purchase the San Diego Union-Tribune. Manchester gave $125,000 to fund Proposition 8.
Lastly, we had quite a week of this ‘n that in the Quick Hits, the new tool we installed to make sure news items of interest don’t get stuck in the bottom of comment threads. You can find everything from coverage of bullying issues to video interviews with key figures in the Prop 8 trial to coverage of domestic partnership benefits legislation pending in the Senate. Remember that Quick Hits can always be found to the right of the main blog posts (and if someone’s interested in rounding up Quick Hits for the week like this, drop us a line!).
Quite a week!
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