O.J. treatment for landmark California court case?

New York Post
December 31, 2009

TV is fighting for their right to air California's legal battle over the freedom to marry. Networks are teaming up to try to obtain permission to broadcast federal court proceedings challenging Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that banned marriage equality in California. Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Council decided to take a step forward in allowing the broadcasting of federal trials without a jury. [Link]

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DC asks judge to dismiss marriage equality lawsuit

The Associated Press
December 22, 2009
The District of Columbia is asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit by opponents of the freedom to marry. The plaintiffs, led by local pastor Bishop Harry Jackson, are seeking to get their proposed ban on marriage equality on the ballot after the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics turned them down. City lawyers filed a response Friday saying the ballot initiative would violate the city's Human Rights Act because it seeks to deny benefits on the basis of sexual orientation. [Link]

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Policy Shift Could Put Prop. 8 Suit on TV

San Francisco Chronicle
December 18, 2009
Television cameras will be allowed for the first time in federal trials under an experimental program approved by the San Francisco-based federal appeals court Thursday. This could lead to TV coverage of a lawsuit challenging California's Proposition 8 that is scheduled to begin on January 11, 2010. [Link]

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Judge expects Prop. 8 federal trial to stay on schedule

San Francisco Examiner
December 16, 2009
A federal judge in San Francisco said Wednesday he expects to keep a trial on California's marriage equality ban on track for Jan. 11, despite an evidence dispute being heard by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. [Link]

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Foes of California’s Prop 8 Lose Federal Appeal

Los Angeles Times
December 12, 2009
Three 9th Circuit federal judges on Friday reversed the decision by U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker that Prop. 8 supporters must make internal campaign communications available to Ted Olson and David Boies, the lawyers for two gay couples challenging the anti-gay Calif. measure. [Link]

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Reflections on Massachusetts and Marriage Equality

Street Prophets
December 6, 2009
Danish Brethern writes about the Mass. Supreme Court decision that allowed gay couples to marry in the state, saying it "is not only simply a determination of legality, but an affirmation of the morality and justice behind recognizing the rights of homosexuals to be fully equal. [Link]

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Prop. 8 Foes Seek Initiative Sponsors’ Internal Records

Los Angeles Times
December 2, 2009
Lawyers for two couples told a federal appeals court Tuesday that they need access to internal communications from last year's Prop. 8 campaign to show that the anti-gay measure was designed to create "discriminatory animus" toward gay and lesbian people. [Link]

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Argentine couple vows to reverse marriage ban

Reuters
December 1, 2009
A gay Argentine couple vowed to keep fighting for the freedom to marry after a last-minute court ruling dashed their plans to hold Latin America’s first legal marriage of a same-sex couple on Tuesday. [Link]

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Argentina Halts 1st Latin American Marriage of a Same-Sex Couple

The Associated Press
December 1, 2009
National Judge Marta Gomez Alsina on Monday blocked what would have been Argentina's first marriage of a same-sex couple until the country's Supreme Court can consider the Nov. 20 marriage equality ruling by a Buenos Aires judge. [Link]

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How a California Judge Is Challenging Obama on LGBT Rights

Time
November 25, 2009
Michael A. Lindenberger discusses a federal judge's ruling that health benefits must be extended to the spouse of a lesbian federal employee: "By issuing such a stern challenge to the power of the Executive Branch, [Chief Judge] Kozinski managed to do what even the most sweeping state-court constitutional decisions on the freedom to marry have not: put the issue of equal treatment for gays to President Barack Obama in a way he will find hard to ignore." [Link]

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