Thursday, October 15, 2009

Morning Sweep

U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn Walker yesterday refused to grant a request by backers of the Prop. 8 campaign to dismiss the federal lawsuit against the ban. Judge Walker had many challenging questions for the lawyer for the Prop. 8 backers about how allowing gay couples to wed threatens marriage for straight couples. His response: "My answer is, I don’t know. I don’t know.’’

A new poll shows a slight lead for supporters of same-sex marriage in Maine's Nov. 3 referendum, with 51.8% those surveyed saying they plan to vote to uphold the law legalizing it and 42.9% percent planning to vote for repeal.

The assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division has said that pending legislation allowing him to do so, he will take a more active role in fighting discrimination against the LGBT community.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments yesterday on whether signatures in support of repealing Washington state's expanded domestic partnership law should be made public.

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