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August 1, 2009

Portuguese Constitutional Court upholds gay marriage ban

Portugal's Constitutional Court has upheld a ban on same-sex marriages ahead of a general election in which the ruling Socialist Party is campaigning to allow such unions, Reuters reports.

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July 30, 2009

Tobias Wolff: support the Olson/Boies challenge to Prop 8

Professor Tobias Wolff argues at Huffington Post that advocates for marriage equality need to get behind the federal challenge to Prop 8 filed by high-profile attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies:

When the Olson and Boies team first filed their federal lawsuit, advocates and other leading national voices raised some questions about timing and strategy. It was important to talk these questions through. Any high-stakes lawsuit requires a careful weighing of benefits and risks, especially one that might ultimately wind up in the Supreme Court of the United States. But that die has been cast. Now, it is time for an all-hands-on-deck approach to this important effort.

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July 29, 2009

Conservative youth group loses bid to sue university over military recruiting

Our colleague Steve Schwinn at Con Law Prof Blog reports:

A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit ruled last Friday that Young America's Foundation (or "YAF"), a group "committed to ensuring that young Americans understand and are inspired by . . . the importance of a strong national defense," lacked standing to sue to compel the Secretary of Defense to withhold funds from the University of California Santa Cruz under the Solomon Amendment.  YAF argued that protesters at UCSC prevented or disrupted military recruiting on campus.

More here.

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July 28, 2009

New report blames Washington gay activists for dropping the ball on DADT

Politico reports:

A report due out later today from the Palm Center, a California think tank working to end the ban on gays in the military, blames Washington gay rights activists and their allies in Congress for dropping the ball on repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

The new report, A Self-Inflicted Wound: How and Why Gays Give the White House a Free Pass on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,”  was written by Palm Center director and political scientist Aaron Belkin.

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July 27, 2009

Marriage equality forces in California mull strategy to overturn Prop 8

2010 or 2012?  That's the main issue confronting Californians who want to put the issue of marriage equality back on the ballot and overturn Prop 8. 

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