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Aug 23, 2010: Does Meg Whitman Understand How Laws Work? This Week in Prop 8 for August 23, 2010
If elected, Meg Whitman says that she would defend Prop 8 -- but would she even be able to? No, says the Courage Campaign. Her inauguration would be in January, but the Ninth Circuit hearing is scheduled for December. But wait! She could possibly file a Friend of the Court briefing. But that depends on a lot of ifs: if she's elected, if the schedule doesn't change, if the court accepts her brief ... in other words, you can't count on anything.
Steve Cooley, a candidate for Attorney General, says that he'd defend Prop 8 as well. What is with these people? They're clearly on the losing side of history: state and national polling shows a steady gain in support for equality. How many years do you think will pass before people like Whitman and Cooley are embarrassed by the positions they once took?
And speaking of awkward positions, it will be interesting to see whether San Diego prosecutes the nine activists arrested last week in the county clerk's office. They were protesting marriage inequality and were escorted out in cuffs -- now, the question is, will the city drop charges? That would certainly be the nice thing to do.
And finally, we come full circle a little good news: in Rhode Island, public opinion is tipping further in favor of equality. That's significant, since the current governor, Donald Carcieri, is none too friendly to the gays. With an gubernatorial election coming up in November, will voters support pro-equality candidates Frank T. Caprio and Lincoln Chafee, or anti-gay Republicans John Robitaille and Victor Moffitt?
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