[OutVoice] Prop 8 + DOMA @ SCOTUS + other LGBT news

Greg Gordon greggordon2003 at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 2 14:58:02 EDT 2013


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American Supremes mull marriage equality;
U.S. gay military activist Lt. Dan Choi is convicted of a law-breaking
White House fence-chaining Don't Ask Don't Tell protest, Paris police
protect the presidential palace from anti-equality demonstrators,
a Russian activist is beaten after his Pride is banned, Brits turn out
for Turing, and more LGBT news

- In "NewsWrap": The U.S. Supreme Court hears two historic days of oral 
arguments on marriage equality cases – the first involving California's 
Proposition 8, and the second challenging DOMA, the federal Defense of 
Marriage Act; PTSD takes its toll on gay Army hero Lt. Dan Choi as he's 
convicted of a criminal misdemeanor for chaining himself to the White 
House fence in a 2010 protest against Don't Ask Don't Tell; French 
"family values" types "put the kids in front" as hundreds of thousands 
march against marriage equality - and police - in Paris; Pride is banned
 in another Russian city and its organizer is beaten as TV cameras roll;
 and the "Universal Machine", (ultimately persecuted) gay mathematician 
Alan Turing's forerunner to the modern computer, is named the greatest 
British innovation of the 20th century (written by GREG GORDON, produced
 by STEVE PRIDE, and reported this week by PAMELA BROOKS and WENZEL 
JONES).

- People across the U.S. and around the world are still discussing the 
historic two days of oral arguments on marriage equality at the nation's
 SUPREME COURT on March 26th and 27th.  The high court heard arguments 
on CALIFORNIA’s marriage equality-banning PROPOSITION 8 on the 26th. 
Justices explored issues of legal standing, states’ rights, 
discrimination, and the purpose of marriage in society (with an on-scene
 report by ALICE OLLSTEIN of "Free Speech Radio News" featuring comments
 by lead plaintiff KRISTEN PERRY, and excerpts from the hearings 
including remarks by CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS, JUSTICES SONIA 
SOTOMAYOR, ELENA KAGAN, STEVEN BRYER, Prop 8 defense attorney CHARLES 
COOPER, and Prop 8 opposing attorney TED OLSON; additional excerpts from
 the hearings feature JUSTICES SONIA SOTOMAYOR, ANTONIN SCALIA and 
ANTHONY KENNEDY, and Prop 8 defense attorney CHARLES COOPER; NYU Law 
School professor KENJI YOSHINO then briefly discusses the arguments with
 MSNBC’s RACHEL MADDOW).

- Justices turned their attention on March 27th to the Defense of 
Marriage Act, or DOMA. The 1996 law bans the federal government from 
recognizing same-gender couples who’ve been legally married in 
Washington, D.C. and the 9 states that currently allow it – and denies 
them more than 1100 federal benefits available to their heterosexual 
peers. Brief comments by plaintiff EDITH WINDSOR following the 
proceedings precede ALICE OLLSTEIN’s report for "Free Speech Radio 
News", with comments by U.S. SOLICITOR GENERAL DONALD VERRILLI, DOMA 
defender PAUL CLEMENT, and JUSTICE ELENA KAGAN; additional hearing 
excerpts feature JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG, CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN 
ROBERTS, and Windsor’s attorney ROBERTA KAPLAN; and SHANNON MINTER of 
the National Center for Lesbian Rights predicts DOMA’s demise with gay 
journalist REX WOCKNER.
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