August 2010 Archives

"After having had several homosexual experiences, many people still deny that they are gay. They tell themselves that they are really heterosexual, they continue to live as heterosexuals, and they maintain that their homosexual incidents or thoughts don't and can't mean anything," Michelangelo Signorile wrote in his book, Outing Yourself. Although he didn't talk about his personal life or detail ... [Read]

Two weeks before Election Day, the U.S. Department of Justice may be in the position of going to the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston to explain why the government should be allowed to keep same-sex couples from receiving equal Social Security benefits and equal tax treatment to straight couples. That's because U.S. District Court Judge Joseph L. ... [Read]

Today, President Obama announced that he was using his authority to make recess appointments of four nominees on whom the Senate has not taken action to confirm for their positions. One of the four, Richard Sorian, is an out gay man who served in the Clinton administration previously and has worked on HIV/AIDS, among other, issues. Sorian was nominated to ... [Read]

From the mailbag, Cindy McCain tells us about the tough re-election fight Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) faces -- and more: John never hesitates to step into the forefront when fighting to solve our nation's most critical issues - especially if he feels that a certain policy is harmful or misguided. Service to his country has always been a driving force ... [Read]

Although news that the Pentagon was going to be surveying the spouses -- opposite-sex only -- of current members of the military regarding the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy had been previously reported, this week's news is that the surveys are going out on Friday. From The Hill's Elise Viebeck: The Pentagon plans to survey approximately 150,000 military spouses about ... [Read]

Same-sex marriages will not proceed in California this week, per an order this afternoon from the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that will not be appealed by the plaintiffs or California Attorney General Jerry Brown in the case challenging Proposition 8. The court also, however, set an expedited appellate schedule that will lead to the oral argument in the ... [Read]

In a joint agreement filed today in U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, lawyers for Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach and the U.S. Air Force agreed that the Air Force will notify Fehrenbach's lawyers on the "same day that the Secretary of the Air Force or his designee has made a decision whether to discharge Plaintiff" Fehrenbach, which cannot ... [Read]

A Mile Away, a World Apart

Posted by Chris Geidner
August 15, 2010 8:09 PM |
The crowd gathered at the National Organization for Marriage’s rally on the lawn near the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, Aug. 15, grew to about 200 people – mostly because of several buses that arrived carrying supporters of NOM’s message. Before the arrival of the buses, however, the crowd at NOM’s final stop on its “Summer of Marriage” tour consisted ... [Read]

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that the proponents of Proposition 8 are not likely to succeed on appeal and do not meet the standards to have his August 4 ruling stayed. He has kept the stay in place until August 18 in order to give the proponents time to appeal this decision. The key line from Judge Walker's ... [Read]

This Evening In LGBT News

Posted by Chris Geidner
August 11, 2010 11:57 PM |
This evening, two important developments happened of interest to the LGBT community. First, The New York Times reports: On Wednesday, Colonel [Victor] Fehrenbach’s lawyers filed papers in Idaho federal court requesting a temporary order blocking his discharge [under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"]. The petition contends that a discharge would violate Colonel Fehrenbach’s rights, cause him irreparable harm and fail to ... [Read]

From the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the American Bar Association has passed the following resolution at its annual meeting: "RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges state, territorial, and tribal governments to eliminate all of their legal barriers to civil marriage between two persons of the same sex who are otherwise eligible to marry." This is a further step ... [Read]

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum (R), running for governor, has had a rough year. Most of it is all of his own creation, but, seriously, I have to ask: What is it about anti-LGBT Florida Republicans and all the homosexuals in their lives? First, there was George Rekers and his "luggage" scandal. It turned out that McConnell had pushed -- ... [Read]

On Your TVs ...

Posted by Chris Geidner
August 9, 2010 10:06 AM |
If you aren't a "watch the Sunday shows" type, then you probably missed these two remarkable exchanges about the Proposition 8 trial ruling. First, conservative lawyer Ted Olson takes on Chris Wallace, host of "Fox News Sunday": Over at CBS, liberal lawyer David Boies debated the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins on "Face the Nation." ... [Read]

Since U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker issued his decision on Wednesday, August 4, striking down Proposition 8, many folks have become fixated on an element that no one seemed all that concerned about for the past year: the status of the "Defendant-Intervenors," the Proposition 8 proponents. The thinking goes like this: Proponents, as intervenors (as opposed to the actual defendants), ... [Read]

Process Stories

Posted by Chris Geidner
August 6, 2010 1:36 PM |
On Wednesday, August 4, most LGBT people hoped that U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker's decision striking down Proposition 8 would be put in effect immediately. As detailed in my article on "Processing the Proposition's Process," though, Walker has put a temporary hold on the entry of the judgment until he can decide whether to stay the case pending appeal ... [Read]

Kagan Confirmed

Posted by Chris Geidner
August 5, 2010 3:56 PM |
Elena Kagan, who had served as the solicitor general in the Obama Justice Department was confirmed on Thursday afternoon, August 5, as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. She replaces Justice John Paul Stevens, who announced this spring that he was retiring from the high court. Senators at Kagan's confirmation hearings spent a significant amount time discussing "Don't ... [Read]

In response to an inquiry from Metro Weekly about whether there would be a presidential response to today's ruling striking down Proposition 8, White House spokesman Shin Inouye responded, "The President has spoken out in opposition to Proposition 8 because it is divisive and discriminatory.  He will continue to promote equality for LGBT Americans." ... [Read]

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California today issued its decision in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal constitutional challenge to Proposition 8. The ruling is a blistering opinion that pulls together all of the developments of the three-week trial in a striking decision finding that the amendment violates both the Equal Protection and the Due Process clauses ... [Read]

The Waiting

Posted by Chris Geidner
August 4, 2010 3:30 PM |
Some housekeeping updates on the pending Perry v. Schwarzenegger decision. The decision is expected to come any time between 30 minutes from now and 2 hours, 30 minutes from now. It will be uploaded here at Poliglot as soon as it becomes available. The court site is here. From the American Foundation for Equal Rights: Livestream of the official plaintiffs ... [Read]

Prop 8 Decision Day FAQ

Posted by Chris Geidner
August 4, 2010 1:01 AM |
[UPDATE: Read my summary of the ruling - "Judge Walker: Prop 8 Unconstitutional" - here.] It's deja vu all over again for California and across the nation, as the court released word that the decision in Perry v. Schwarzenegger will be handed down later today, Wednesday, August 4. So, what does this mean? Here are the eight basics (with only ... [Read]

The decision in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal court case challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, is set to be announced on Wednesday, according to an email sent from the court this afternoon. Lynn Fuller, the media & public outreach liaison for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, wrote: On August 4, 2010, the court will ... [Read]

Each Sunday, Joe Mirabella and Phil Reese of The Bilerico Project co-host the Same Sex Sunday podcast, for which I am one of the regulars on the roundtable. The show can be found and subscribed to on iTunes, which I encourage everyone to do, but I wanted to make sure to highlight this week's show, where Michael Crawford, Joe, Phil ... [Read]