February 1, 2015
One Down, 49,000 To Go
In 2013, Elizabeth granted Alan Turing a pardon for his conviction for gross indecency. Unfortunately, not every British gay man was privileged to have saved the world from Naziism in World War II, so the question arises, what about the other 49,000? There is a movement now to get the other 49,000 victims of this law pardoned as well.
January 23, 2015
A federal judge has declared Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional for all the same reasons found by all those other judges in all those other decisions in all those other states. But hey, some people need to hear ti 52 or 53 times before it begins to sink in.
There is no stay, so maybe there will be happy times tomorrow in Alabama.
January 16, 2015
Finally. The U.S. Supreme Court Will Review Same Sex Marriage Rights
The Supreme Court has accepted four cases from the Sixth Circuit where a decision in November 2014 upheld bans on marriage or marriage-recognition in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. One case each will come from those four states.
- Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?
- Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?
The Kentucky case (Bourke v. Beshear) raises both of the issues that the Court will be deciding, the Michigan case (DeBoer v. Snyder) deals only with marriage, and the Ohio (Obergefell v. Hodges) and Tennessee cases (Tanco v. Haslam) deal only with the recognition question. If customary practice is followed, the first case listed in the order — the Ohio case Obergefell v. Hodges — will become the historic title for the final ruling.
Plaintiffs' briefs are due February 27; defense briefs are due March 27; reply briefs from the plaintiffs are due April 17. The actual hearing will take place between April 20 and 29.
January 8, 2015
"Brokeback Mountain" Shirts
These are the very shirts (and photo and closet door, for all I know) from Brokeback Mountain on display in the Autry National Center in Griffith Park. The shirts are on loan. Here's a video of the ceremony when the shirts went on display.
For those who are asking themselves "Huh? Shirts?" (and I know there are at least a couple) here are some videos to help. I'm trying to avoid "spoilers" for the benefit of those who think the enjoyment of a story is less because you've finished it.
Here is the end of the movie where we see the shirts just as they are displayed in the museum. Technically, it's not a spoiler, but if you have even just a single crumb of human empathy you can tell what happened before that scene.
If you're still all like "huh?" here's the beginning of the shirt story. Sometimes a fight is just a fight. This is not a fight.
If you still don't get it, then here's a third clip showing the convergence of the shirts. Technically not a spoiler in my book.
If you need yet more clarification, it's time for you to go see the movie. Netflix has it on disc, but not streaming. But it is available for streaming on Amazon.
January 5, 2015
Florida Goes 3½ Hours Early
A federal court stay will expire at midnight tomorrow, extending equal marriage rights to the entire state.
December 30, 2014
Equal marriage rights begin today in Scotland. Here we see Joe and Malx.
December 22, 2014
New Year's Carol
Commissioned by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, New Year's Carol by Ola Gjeilo was just one of the numbers in their incredibly impressive holiday concert. The chorus will perform most of the concert three times on Christmas Eve in the Castro Theater. Tickets are still available, but they will surely sell out. If you are in the Bay Area I encourage you to get to the Castro on Christmas Eve.
December 19, 2014
Florida: January 5 for sure
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request for a stay of the ruling that Florida's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The current stay expires January 5. Which means, barring some tomfoolery, same-sex marriages will commence in Florida on that date. It appears the entire court voted on this one and the results were 7-2 with our favorites Scalia and Thomas in the minority.
December 8, 2014
Florida Scheduled For January 5
When a federal judge ruled some months ago that Florida's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, he put a stay on his decision to last until January 5, 2015. The appeal has not yet been heard so the State of Florida asked for an extension of the stay. The 11th Circuit said "No." You can't get a much clearer signal that the 11th Circuit expects itself to uphold the judge's decision. The U.S. Supreme Court could still interfere and extend the stay, but recently they have turned down similar requests.
November 19, 2014
Montana, No Stay
Federal Judge Brian Morris has declared Montana's ban on same sex marriage to be unconstitutional. Much of the reasoning is based on Latta v. Otter, which is binding in the 9th Circuit. The decision issued today included no stay, so marriage licenses should be flowing now.
Judge Morris is a new one. He was appointed to the seat last year and confirmed by the Senate in December 2013. Before this position he was on the Montana Supreme Court, an elected position.