Thursday, January 23, 2014

State update

Following a seismic political shift in Virginia, the new attorney general has concluded that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, and on Thursday he joined a lawsuit challenging it. 
Attorney General Mark R. Herring says in a brief filed in federal court in Norfolk that marriage is a fundamental right and the ban is discriminatory. 
Virginia, widely considered a battleground state in the nationwide fight to grant same-sex couples the right to wed, is siding with the plaintiffs who are seeking to have the ban struck down, a spokesman for Attorney General Mark Herring said in an email to The Associated Press.
The "pro-marriage" group may actually be a shell group trying to defeat equality's chances.
The timing of Brito’s idea was so inopportune, and its execution has been so lackluster, that some wonder if this might be a stealth campaign, secretly launched by anti-LGBT forces, and engineered to fail on purpose. An alternate explanation might be that this tax-exempt campaign could have been created to funnel some of its supposed $6 million of donations into revenue at Brito’s political consulting business, MYami Marketing, Incorporated.
Despite opposition from groups and companies including Eli Lily, the Republican dominated committee wants to regress Indiana and discriminate against its gay residents. The lies they tell....
The Indiana House Elections and Apportionment Committee voted 9-3 along party lines Wednesday evening to advance House Joint Resolution 3, a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. It also passed a bill that expresses legislative intent in regards to how the amendment should be enforced. House Speaker Brian Bosma (R) assigned the amendment to this committee on Tuesday after it seemed like the Judiciary Committee might not approve it. The amendment now advances to the House floor.
The Indiana General Assembly previously approved the amendment in 2011. It must now be approved again during this legislative session before it can advance to voters for approval. 

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