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Prop. 8 forces seek divorce from Jerry Brown

Prop. 8 forces seek divorce from Jerry Brown:
"Backers of California's ban on same-sex marriage, facing a discrimination suit in federal court, are taking some pretrial swipes at Attorney General Jerry Brown, accusing him of colluding with plaintiffs in the case while nominally representing the state.

As California's top law enforcement officer, Brown is technically a defendant in the suit by two same-sex couples challenging Proposition 8, the November ballot measure that amended the state Constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. But Brown refused to defend Prop. 8 before the state Supreme Court and has told a federal judge he considers the measure unconstitutional.

That's not the only reason Prop. 8's sponsors have asked Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco to reclassify Brown as a plaintiff in the case. They say the attorney general and the plaintiffs' lawyers have given each other advance notice of their arguments without telling anyone else."

They're so loyal, aren't they?


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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!