Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Marriage bill overwhelmingly passes Uruguay's House of Representatives

Eighty-one of the 99 members of Uruguay's House of Representatives voted to legalize same-sex marriage this evening. Twelve members of the chamber were not present for the vote.

The bill now advances to the Senate, where support is equally strong, according to LGBT activists.

President José Mujica plans to sign the measure into law in early 2013.

"Very happy here!" said Álvaro Queiruga of the LGBT lobby group Colectivo Ovejas Negras (Black Sheep Collective).

Uruguay will be the 12th nation to offer same-sex marriage nationwide.

(Where is same-sex marriage legal?)

Friday, December 07, 2012

U.S. Supremes to hear Prop 8 case

Well, here we go kids! Will Prop 8 live, or will it die, or will it die and, in the process, force 40 other states to legalize gay marriage as well? Those are your possible outcomes after the U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to review the 9th Circuit's strikedown of the evil California constitutional amendment.

Here's an analysis from Lambda Legal's Jon Davidson. Here's a superbly geeky analysis from SCOTUSblog. Here's a Washington Blade news story. And here's The New York Times.

In a separate case, the Supremes also are going to review a strikedown of the part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that prohibits the federal government from recognizing as married same-sex couples who are legally married. I say we win that one hands down. Married is, after all, married.

The court likely will hear arguments in the cases in March, and we should have the rulings by June 27.

(There's also the wacky matter, in both cases, of whether the people who took the cases to the Supreme Court have the legal right to even be involved, since California's government refused to defend Prop 8 and the U.S. government refused to defend DOMA. Click on the first three links I provide above to read all about the wonky issue of "standing.")

At present, same-sex marriage is legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Washington -- and in Washington, D.C.

(Where else is same-sex marriage legal?)

Pictured: High-stakes lawyer Ted Olson, who could be crowned God Of All The Gays around June 27 (should same-sex marriage become the law of the land), or be exiled to Siberia around June 27 (should the Supremes reject the very idea of same-sex marriage itself).

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Tijuana's Xolos won the Mexican equivalent of the Super Bowl tonight

Tijuana's major-league soccer team, the Xoloitzcuintles, won Mexico's equivalent of the Super Bowl tonight. Incredible.

U-T San Diego: Believe it: Tijuana Xolos are Mexican champs

U-T San Diego: Tijuana celebrates Xolos capture of soccer title

No one on this side of the border can pronounce the team's name (and we just call them the Xolos -- pronounced alternatively as sholos or cholos -- on both sides of the border) but I can. Just say these English words fast: Show-low-eats-QUEENT-lace. There, that wasn't so hard.

And it's true, the team is named after a hairless dog.
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