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  •  So, two big things happened today. (9+ / 0-)

    Pope Benedict XVI has resigned and vacated his premises.  And, due to inaction of Congress, the sequester will cut funding to government programs across the board.  For entertainment purposes, I have been trying to come up with a batshit conspiracy theory to show that these two events are causally linked in some way.  No success, though.  Which I guess means I should never aspire to be Orly Taitz.

    -5.13,-5.64; If you gave [Jerry Falwell] an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox. -- Christopher Hitchens

    by gizmo59 on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 07:17:45 PM PST

    •  Three big things (10+ / 0-)

      I've been reading the DOJ brief on Prop 8, and I was REALLY surprised to see it was all about the equal protection clause. Apparently if they overturn Prop 8 it will affect all the states that have civil unions and domestic partnerships (DE, HI, IL, NV, NJ, OR, and RI).

      But no, you really don't want to be her.

      -7.75, -8.10; . . . Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall (h/t cooper888)

      by Dave in Northridge on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 07:25:31 PM PST

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      •  So it would affect CUs and DPs (7+ / 0-)

        but not touch those states with nothing on the books (or those with actual marriage equality bans)? Guess the Loving v. Virginia level decision will have to wait on a challenge to full faith and credit, when the couples married in NY start becoming "snowbirds" and retire to FL to find their marriages considered legal fictions.

        There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

        by Cali Scribe on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 07:29:46 PM PST

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        •  Well, in my mind, there was never much hope (2+ / 0-)
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          for this decision to force recognition of same-sex marriages nationwide.  The entire country just isn't ready for it yet.  I think most of it will be much more open to it within, say, 5 years, but if we force the issue in the deep south and the Bible belt, there will be a terrible backlash.

          Frankly, what the DOJ brief describes was more than I would have thought possible from the outset of the appeal to SCOTUS.  If the outcome is just that, I will be estatic.

          -5.13,-5.64; If you gave [Jerry Falwell] an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox. -- Christopher Hitchens

          by gizmo59 on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 07:39:35 PM PST

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          •  I agree (3+ / 0-)

            They thought carefully about what they were doing. The South just isn't ready, I'm sad to say. Full equality may still be a few years off, but we a poised to bite off a pretty big chunk of the American pie this spring. And I'm hungry.

            •  Hey, I live in the most backward (1+ / 0-)
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              of the northeastern states:  Pennsylvania.  To the north, east and south, marriage equality is busting out all over.  In Harrisburg?  Not so much.  I figure we can get married when we retire and move away, but given that that's more than a decade away, I'd prefer a shorter-term solution.

              -5.13,-5.64; If you gave [Jerry Falwell] an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox. -- Christopher Hitchens

              by gizmo59 on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 08:27:24 PM PST

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