September 25, 2009
Petitions filed to repeal Prop 8, but is 2010 too soon?
Reuters reports that hoping to win back the right to marry in California submitted a ballot proposal on Thursday for the November 2010 election -- a date deep-pocketed advocates have said is too soon."
September 24, 2009
New edition of Lambda's "Of Counsel" newsletter
The latest issue of Of Counsel, a newsletter from Lambda Legal for lawyers and law students interested in LGBT legal issues, is available online.
NYT on kids coming out earlier and challenges to GSAs
This coming Sunday's NYT Magazine has a cover story on "Coming Out in Middle School." It includes discussion of the Equal Access Act and legal challenges over the rights of kids and schools to set up gay-straight alliances.
September 22, 2009
Same-sex marriage fading as a "values" wedge issue?
The political web site FiveThirtyEight notes that in a straw poll at last weekend's D.C. conference of conservative Christian activists, abortion ranked first among issues of concern, with protection of religious liberty
second with 18 percent. Opposition to same-sex marriage was third at 7 percent. Two years ago, gay marriage topped the concerns at the same conference, registering 20 percent. As analyst Nate Silver observes,
Public opinion is moving toward acceptance of gay marriage. But it is doing so very slowly, at a rate of perhaps a point or two per year, and has at least a few years to go before it is the majority opinion. In the near term, the more relevant dimension may be 'passion', or depth of feeling. It used to be that the conservatives were ahead on passion -- they were strongly opposed to gay marriage, whereas liberals were, at best, lukewarmly in favor of it. Increasingly, that dynamic seems to be reversing.
September 21, 2009
More than a quarter of gay couples consider themselves married, census data show
The Advocate reports:
Twenty-seven percent of the estimated 564,743 gay couples in the United States reported themselves as married in 2008, according to the first U.S. Census figures on same-sex marriage provided to the Associated Press.
While the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that approximately 100,000 legal same-sex marriages, civil unions, and domestic partnerships were entered last year, nearly 150,000 same-sex couples reported being in a spousal relationship.
September 20, 2009
By the numbers: demographer Gary Gates on gay attitudes toward the military
The ever-innovative Gary Gates of the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School crunches numbers from the General Social Survey and finds that "LGB people are more than twice as likely as heterosexuals to believe that we overspend on the military." Gary's report and other findings are available from the Palm Center at UC-Santa Barbara.