June 2010 Archives

President Obama plans to give what the White House is billing as an address regarding the need for comprehensive immigration reform at American University in the District on Thursday morning, July 1. Today, The Wall Street Journal reported that New York City Michael Bloomberg would be among those in attendance. One of the questions is the extent to which the ... [Read]

Between the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and marriage questions, there was quite a bit of talk about LGBT issues in the third day of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Supreme Court nominee and Solicitor General Elena Kagan. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) discussed DADT legal challenges with Kagan for nearly 15 minutes. Metro Weekly covered the exchange in "Kagan's ... [Read]

Following the death of Robert Byrd, the longest-serving senator in U.S. history, on Monday, the state's secretary of state determined that the governor will appoint a replacement to serve until a special election is held in 2012. Stonewall Democrats quickly jumped into action, urging that Bryd be replaced by a pro-LGBT equality appointment. In a release and email to supporters, ... [Read]

The Wisconsin Supreme Court, in a unanimous opinion (pdf) released on Wednesday, June 30, upheld the validity of the state's constitutional amendment relating to marriage in a technical challenge that did not address equal protection or due process rights that are a part of most marriage restriction challenges. The amendment, adopted by the voters in 2006, reads: Only a marriage ... [Read]

The first explicit mention of same-sex marriage at the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Solicitor General Elena Kagan came in an exchange with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) in which he was asking "What is the makeup of Elena Kagan?" The C-SPAN video is not available at this time, but grainy video of the question period for Coburn can be found ... [Read]

The second day of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Solicitor General Elena Kagan began on Tuesday morning, June 29, with questions from Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Republican Member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). Sessions spent much of his time (video here) with Kagan on Tuesday morning -- more than 22 minutes -- discussing the issue of ... [Read]

In the opening statements of the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, on Monday, June 28, only one senator gave even a hint of a mention at marriage equality. The mention came from Maryland's own Sen. Ben Cardin (D). In his opening, he said: If you believe that you ... [Read]