UPDATE: Prop 8 Decision – Unconstitutional!

The widely anticipated decision on the Proposition 8 trial in the CA “Perry vs. Schwarzenegger” case about the legality of gay marriage in CA will be decided today.  You may recall that CA allowed gay marriage due to a Supreme Court of CA decision for a brief period of time from June 16, 2008 to November 5, 2008 , only to have the voters decide to rescind it.  In a strange legal partnership, prominent attorneys David Boies & Ted Olson (of Bush v. Gore) fame took on the case to throw out Proposition 8.  Today between 3:00 and 4:00 the Federal Court will announce its decision on the case according to AFER – the Americans for Equal Rights Foundation.

A rally will be held in Madison starting at 5:00 at State and Johnson Streets according to the GLAAD Blog.  There are no listings for other locations around the state at this time.

To get a text message on the Judge’s ruling you can text “Equal” to 69866.

In a 138 page ruling, the Federal Court under Judge Walker has ruled Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional.   He had this to say according to The Wall Street Journal:

“Plaintiffs challenge Proposition 8 under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment,” the judge wrote. “Each challenge is independently meritorious, as Proposition 8 both unconstitutionally burdens the exercise of the fundamental right to marry and creates an irrational classification on the basis of sexual orientation.”

The Proposition 8 supporters have vowed to file an appeal with the U.S. 9th District Court of Appeals and to  take it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.   You can see excerpts of his ruling in this article from the Los Angeles Times.

You can support your gay and lesbian friends and/or your relationships by signing this open petition at AmericaBlog to Barrack Obama seeking his support for marriage equality.

Walker vs. Neumann – you make the call!

A few days ago, I posted a poll to see what readers thought of underdog Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dave Westlake’s chances in the Republican U.S. Senate primary, and keeping in that same vein, here’s your chance to share your opinion of Republican gubernatorial underdog Mark Neumann’s chances of beating Scott Walker.

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Ted Nugent, amateur economist

In an op-ed written for the Washington Times musician Ted Nugent channels his inner economist to come up with this nugget:

The American people know intrinsically that tax cuts lead to prosperity

Yep, tax cuts lead to prosperity, just like those George W. Bush tax cuts (one of the largest tax cuts in the history of our nation) led to an unprecedented period of prosp…oh wait, those Bush-era tax cuts didn’t lead to prosperity, did they?

Ted Nugent should stick to his day job, because he’s a crappy economist.

A cool new tool

Yesterday the Sunlight Foundation launched “Poligraft,” a new tool to help netizens uncover the hidden web of political giving in news stories on the Internet – the patterns of political contributions that aren’t always obvious.

Using Poligraft is simple: just type or paste the URL or text of a news article, blog post or press release into it, and Poligraft will automatically scan that text for individual donors, corporations, lobbyists and politicians. Within seconds, you’ll see how they’ve been doing business with each other. Once Poligraft highlights the names of donors, corporations, lobbyists, or politicians, you can click on those names to learn more.

Check out Poligraft for yourself and see what you find out.