September 20, 2008
D.C. District Court Rules in Favor of Transsexual Plaintiff
The Schroer case has been pending for a while now in D.C. district court. There have already been two rulings out of the court denying the defendant Library of Congress's motions to dismiss the claim that Diane Schroer a male-to-female transsexual was discriminated against because of sex when the Library hired her and then immediately fired her due to her transsexual status.
Now, the judge ruled after trial that the discrimination occurred because of sex and permitted the case to proceed to the remedial stage.
The ACLU website contains additional information here.
September 19, 2008
Support for Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Waning
Polls show that support for the same sex marriage ban on the California ballot is waning after the language was modified in response to the California Supreme Court decision.
The new language states clearly that the ban is intended to revoke the rights of same-sex partners to marry. This language change (from "limit on marriage" to "eliminate same-sex marriage") has made all the difference, it seems, because it alerts voters to the fact that the ban is really aimed at taking away rights. See the full Article in the San Francisco Chronicle here.