Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 34, Ed. 1 Friday, January 6, 2012 Page: 13 of 40
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What's on tap for 2012?
Court cases on both coasts will
impact marriage equality, while
November elections could mean
continued progress legislatively
— or a time of backsliding
LISA KEEN I Keen News Service
Significant events are crowding the calendar for
2012, and each promises considerable drama and
suspense for the LGBT community.
Here are the 10 most important, from a national
perspective, to keep an eye on:
• The next decisions on Proposition 8: A three-
judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Ap-
peals could release its opinions any day now.
That's "opinions," plural.
Before the panel can rule on the constitutional-
ity of California's law banning marriage for same-
sex couples, it must decide: whether the Yes on 8
coalition has legal standing to appeal the federal
court ruling that Prop 8 is unconstitutional, and it
must decide whether there is any justification for
Yes on 8's request that the lower court decision be
The list of possible outcomes in Perry v. Brawn
— the case brought by the American Foundation
for Equal Rights with famed attorneys Ted Olson
and David Boies leading the charge — is mind-
boggling. Whatever the results, any or all aspects
could be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court im-
mediately or they could be appealed to a full 9th
Circuit bench and then to the Supreme Court.
But the panel's decision will almost certainly
have political impact, too. Not only will it affect
the momentum of the marriage equality move-
ment, it will almost certainly become fodder in the
• The decision, on appeal, in DOMA: Athree-
judge panel of the 1st Circuit U.S. Court of Ap-
peals will hear oral arguments, perhaps as soon
as early February, in a powerful challenge to the
federal Defense of Marriage Act's denial of federal
benefits to same-sex married couples.
The challenge, referred to most often as Gill v.
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WAITING GAME | Members of the anti-Prop 8 legal team, from left, Therese Stewart, Chad Griffin, David
Boies, Ted Butros and Ted Olson, speak during a news conference after a hearing in the 9th Circuit Court of
Appeals on Dec. 6, 2010, in San Francisco. Thirteen months later, the 9th Circuit judges are expected to
issue opinions any day now on whether Prop 8 proponents have legal standing to appeal the trial court rul-
ing, and whether Judge Vaughn Walker was correct in declaring the anti-gay-marriage amendment uncon-
stitutional. (Eric Risberg/Associated Press)
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