Monday, June 29, 2015

PPP: Ginsberg favorite Justice, Thomas loathed

Twin Cities lawyer Joshua Newville represents six South Dakota couples who last year filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court seeking marriage equality in the state. Speaking on Bill Janklow's idea of public radio today he said it's no longer same-sex marriage it's just marriage now.

Public Policy Polling has released findings that reveal Justice Clarence Thomas is the least favorite member of the Supreme Court of the United States even among African-Americans.
19% pick Ginsburg as their favorite member of the Supreme Court to 11% each for Thomas and Sotomayor, 8% each for John Roberts and Antonin Scalia, 7% for Elena Kagan, 5% for Anthony Kennedy, and 4% each for Samuel Alito and Stephen Breyer. Ginsburg leads due to her strong support among Democrats- 31% pick her as their favorite to 19% for Sotomayor, with no one else in double digits. Thomas finishes first among Republicans at 21% with Roberts and Scalia both joining him in double digits at 14%. Ginsburg is the favorite of men, women, whites, and seniors while Sotomayor finishes first with Latinos, African Americans, and young voters.
Read the rest here.
U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier’s ruling overturned South Dakota’s ban on same-sex marriage. Six couples filed a lawsuit challenging the ban, created through a 1996 state law and a 2006 constitutional amendment — passed by the state’s voters — defining marriage as one man and one woman. After Monday’s ruling, South Dakota Democratic Party Chair Ann Tornberg of Beresford expressed support for Schreier’s decision. “Because the South Dakota Attorney General’s motion to dismiss was rejected by the U.S. District Court, we are now able to move forward and proceed with a ruling on the case itself,” Tornberg said. “Discrimination has no place in South Dakota law. As we celebrate this success today, the South Dakota Democratic Party reaffirms its commitment to extend equal rights and protections for all South Dakotans.” [Randy Dockendorf, USD Prof: Judge’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision ‘Powerful’]
Tornberg's comment adheres to the SDDP platform:
The South Dakota Democratic Party is a party of inclusiveness. We recognize that South Dakota is a global and multicultural community. Each individual brings a special gift to the community. We prosper when we are all in it together. We believe in the principles of dignity, self-determination, equal opportunity, justice, and quality of life. In order to promote a more open, civil society, we support the following: Recognizing the gay rights are human rights. We believe in full equality for our LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) citizens on the state, national and local levels. Full equality includes: non-discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, marriage equality, adoption rights and domestic partner benefits.
Additional reading linked here.

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