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The Daily Texan - Same-sex divorce constitutional?

The Daily Texan - Same-sex divorce constitutional?:
"So what section of the family code is right? Peter Schulte, the Dallas attorney who represents the man who filed the divorce, claims that the couple also has the right to divorce under Article IV, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, which states that “full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records and judicial proceedings of every other state.” It appears that this part of the federal Constitution supports the first part of the family code, which says that law applies to those who live in Texas but were married out of state.

Shouldn’t YCT and Abbott support the recognition of the same-sex marriage from Massachusetts in Texas? Aren’t they strict constitutionalists? Or do they simply amend the Constitution — be it state or federal — when they don’t agree with it? Isn’t that what happened in 2005?

Abbott and the YCT are so caught up worrying about the state’s recognition of the same-sex marriage through authorizing the divorce that they cannot see how this situation benefits their cause."

Great job, Mr. Russo! Very strong arguments here!


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Chris Geidner: In Iowa, judges are ousted.

Via Chris Geidner's Poliglot blog at Metro Weekly:


In Iowa, which declared Iowa's marriage ban unconstitutional under the state's constitution in 2009, the National Organization for Marriage got one of its first electoral victories this year. The judicial retention elections appear to have resulted in the replacement of all three justices up for a vote this year.

Here, as of 3:35 a.m. and with 1767 out of 1774 precincts reporting, are the Iowa Secretary of State's election results:

Supreme Court Justice David L. Baker
Yes 443437 45.75%
No 525865 54.25%

Supreme Court Justice Michael J. Streit
Yes 442459 45.6%
No 527921 54.4%

Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus
Yes 437118 44.99%
No 534486 55.01%

The court was unanimous in its 2009 ruling that Iowa's constitution required marriage equality."

Can we trust Rasmussen anymore?


Happy Hour Roundup will be coming late today. Fortunately, there is lots of news to report on! Unfortunately, there will be no time for me to collect it and send it. Expect it between 5pm and 6pm!