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U.S. judge refuses Prop. 8 backers' request to dismiss gay-marriage case - San Jose Mercury News

U.S. judge refuses Prop. 8 backers' request to dismiss gay-marriage case - San Jose Mercury News:
"SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss a legal challenge to Proposition 8, concluding that the ongoing courtroom battle over California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage must be resolved in a full-blown trial."

I want to see how Olson and Boise turns out. Part of me is leery, and part of me is excited. I don't want a bad precedent set... yet I'm intrigued by our prospects. Ultimately, though, LGBT law groups need to be heavily involved in this. Its our lives at stake. If Olson and Boise lose this, nothing changes for them. However, everything is thrown out of whack for the rest of us. Allowing LGBT law groups to be heavily invested in this case is crucial.


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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!