Tag Archive: Connecticut

Should Blue Jersey Push To Take on DoMA?

What say ye, Blue Jersey? And what would that look like? – promoted by Rosi

It looks like Vermont has joined New York and Connecticut in suing the federal government over the Defense of Marriage Act, or DoMA, the Clinton era law that bans recognition of marriage equality at the federal level.

The Obama administration has already stopped defending the legislation, something that sent Republicans in the House of Representatives around the bend.  They’ve spent almost a million dollars already defending the bill that the President and the country don’t want.

Blue Jersey has been a staunch advocate of marriage equality since the early days of the site, and continues to be so.

So should we start pushing for New Jersey to join the suit?  Sure, it’s not likely to happen given the current occupant of Drumthwacket, but it’s still important.  Should this odious law and the resulting lawsuit not be settled by 2014 we may — hard work and smart candidate selection willing — have a supportive Governor ready to help.

So, do we join the chorus?

It Fell On Deaf Ears: my warning for the Lieberman 2006 campaign

This is such an interesting coda to the diary I wrote last night. In my read, it’s both sad and inspiring. For sure, Joe Lieberman didn’t deserve Stephen, who is a candidate for office right now Berkeley Heights Township Council – Rosi

I read Rosi’s article on the front page of Blue Jersey with great interest. It was wonderful to see how she and so many NJ-DFA members came up to Connecticut to support a progressive Democrat in Ned Lamont.

However, I have a confession to make: not only was I not among them, but at the time I was trying to help his opponent win renomination. It was a futile effort on my part, and one I now regret.

Rush Holt to Homeland Security: Suspend deportations in same-sex marriages until DOMA is settled

Our immigration policies must work to unite families, not rip them apart.

      – Rep. Rush Holt, in letter to Secretary of Homeland Security

Rush Holt has appealed to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano not to apply the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to an immigration case involving constituents of his congressional district. DOMA, which Holt believes is unconstitutional, is jeopardizing the future of Holt’s NJ-12 constituent Josh Vandiver and his husband Henry Velandia. They were married last year in Connecticut, a  marriage equality state. Velandia is from Venezuela and came to the states on a visitor visa 9 years ago. Because of DOMA, he’s not eligible for the same kind of spouse visa that would be available to him in a marriage of opposite gender partners. He will be deported unless either DOMA is ruled unconstitutional or a bill challenging DOMA’s constitutional basis passes in Congress. Vandiver is an American citizen, Holt argues, and should receive the full rights granted to all citizens. That would include having his marriage recognized, rather than be singled out based on his sexual orientation. Holt says that’s exactly what’s happening as Vandiver is not being allowed to sponsor his husband for a visa.

The Obama administration’s position on DOMA has shifted; it will no longer defend DOMA. Holt notes the specifics of Attorney General Eric Holder’s new position on the much-hated law, and says he wants it repealed. Until that happens, Holt is asking Homeland Security to suspend deportation of all spouses of US citizens in same-sex marriages. Full text of his letter to Secretary Napolitano is after the jump.

Good on Holt.  

Three states. One issue. Three different approaches.

By now, we’ve heard about what’s going on in Wisconsin, where the new Republican Governor has been causing a stir (and a deficit) related to perks for “the chosen few” and an attack on public workers.  And on the ground in Wisconsin, protests at the Capitol Building started on Monday with 1,000 people and has reached upwards of 30,000 as of today. Democratic Legislators have left the state to prevent a quorum in the Legislature and block these bills from coming to a vote.  Schools were canceled because so many teachers “called in sick”.  And most importantly, the public is siding with the teachers and public employees.

Up in Connecticut, new Governor and former prosecutor Dan Malloy has many challenges facing his state in trying to close a huge budget deficit:

Connecticut’s new governor, Dannel P. Malloy, politely asks labor leaders for givebacks and wants to raise taxes on income and sales by $1.5 billion.

Mr. Malloy grew up with dyslexia and physical disabilities. He still cannot write or type. And as he closes a 20 percent budget deficit, he spends much of his energy finding ways to spare the most vulnerable.

In Wisconsin, there is an attack on public workers by a newly elected Republican Governor, much like New Jersey.  In Connecticut, there is a newly elected Governor who is a former prosecutor and faces a huge budget deficit, much like New Jersey.  

more below

Legislative Efforts to Engage High School Students Move Quietly Forward

by Erin Ferns

With an estimated 23 million 18-29 year old citizens turning out to vote in the 2008 presidential election, it is easy to assume that young people today have overcome the stereotypical image of “apathetic youth.” Yet, while the last few election cycles show an ever-growing interest in political engagement, young people are still underrepresented in the U.S. electorate-a problem that seems to have more to do with lack of access than lack of interest.  

Is Marriage Equality Politically Risky? Connecticut Poll Says “No.”

Following the Connecticut Supreme Court’s decision requiring marriage equality, the Hartford Courant has polled gay marriage and found it is supported 53-42:

Among independent voters, the total was almost the same as the overall result: 52 percent support the decision and 44 percent oppose it. The poll of 502 adults has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

I take this as yet more evidence that there is little political risk in supporting marriage equality here in New Jersey.

BREAKING: Huge Momentum for NJ!!! Connecticut Supreme Court Rules 4-3 FOR Marriage Equality

[Great news from the Nutmeg state!  — promoted by huntsu]

Breaking news and huge momentum for the campaign for marriage equality in New Jersey: the Connecticut Supreme Court, in the case of Kerrigan v Commissioner of Public Health, has ruled 4-3 in favor of marriage equality.

Any way you slice it, this is huge momentum for New Jersey’s marriage equality movement. Here’s GSE’s statement on the decision, from Steven Goldstein:

“Today’s decision in Connecticut has particular relevance to us in New Jersey.  Connecticut has had a civil union statute exactly like New Jersey’s.   Today, the Connecticut Supreme Court said civil unions do not and cannot provide the equality of real marriage — that civil unions don’t work in the real world and that they don’t provide the dignity and respect of marriage either.   These are exactly the points we’ve been making in New Jersey.  Today, Connecticut said, civil unions, with all their myriad of problems, are not enough.  

“This decision can’t help but have enormous persuasive impact on New Jersey, not only because both states have had civil union statutes, but because both states are neighbors in the tri-state region.

“Garden State Equality salutes all the organizations involved in bring marriage equality to Connecticut, including Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), the legal organization serving New England’s LGBT communities; and our sister marriage equality organization in Connecticut, Love Makes a Family.

“All of us at Garden State Equality extend to GLAD and Love Makes a Family, and all the other organizations involved, our love and deepest appreciation.  They are among the all-time heroes for LGBT America.”

The parallels to New Jersey are undeniable. Connecticut, like New Jersey, has a civil union law. But, the Connecticut Supreme Court found that civil unions fail miserably to guarantee the equal rights of marriage–rights like health benefits, financial security, as well as the basic dignity and psychological assurance for children and families.

This decision confirms what we in New Jersey have already found: civil unions don’t work. They can’t work. They can’t be fixed. Marriage equality is the only way to guarantee equality. Some will certainly try to spin this, but the fact remains–this is a huge boost of momentum to movement for marriage equality in New Jersey!!

UPDATE: From the decision:

Like these once prevalent views, our conventional understanding of marriage must yield to a more contemporary appreciation of the rights entitled to constitutional protection. Interpreting our state constitutional provisions in accordance with firmly established equal protection principles leads inevitably to the conclusion that gay persons are entitled to marry the otherwise

qualified same sex partner of their choice. To decide otherwise would require us to apply one set of constitutional principles to gay persons and another to all others. The guarantee of equal protection under the law, and our obligation to uphold that command, forbids us from doing so. In accordance with these state constitutional requirements, same sex couples cannot be denied the freedom to marry.

UPDATE 2: Check out this video of the plaintiff’s reaction to the verdict. If this doesn’t warm your heart, I don’t know what will.

Connecticut Results

CONFIRMED: Lieberman is gonna go. Crazy Joe!!!

HOLY CRAP: Lieberman camp is talking about closing a gap tonight and that the campaign has exciting momentum for moving forward.  The Dye seems cast for Cheater Cheater Pumpkin Lieber.

Lieberman to confirm shortly.

So what if it’s not Jersey. This is important to us activist/bloggers. The formula for taking back the party is working.

For the intrepid reporters getting the entire story wrong. The formula is this:

Candidate reaches out to netroots. Netroots spread message. Candidate uses intrepid messages from Netroots in press appearances. Netroots get motivated and positive feedback mechanism is effectuated. Candidate gets free army of Volunteers/Fundraisers. Candidate uses message to win election.


Courant says 95.32% precincts AGAIN 95.32% reporting

Lamont 51.92%
Lieberman 48.08%

(Lehrer just said that with 94% Lamont has lost a point if you round to the nearest integer… Lamont has 51.7%)

Live results here
(Speaking of beer, I am brewing some right now).

Listen live to Live coverage with Brian Lehrer its pretty good.

Wow NPR reporting that Lamont HQ thinks they won.

Current winner of Dump Mike T-Shirt:

Jay Lassiter (no fair, you have to donate it).

PS. The Governor race neck and neck 87% in and its still 50/50.

Coffee Talk: “Ned Lamont is the left’s Barry Goldwater… Discuss”

Coffee Talk part two: “Left is lowering expectations… is this because they forsee a loss? Or is this because they want to turn up the gloating later?”

UPDATE: We will know by tommorow at 4PM wether or not Lieberman will be a cheater cheater pumpkin eater, he must file his petitions by then. Unofficial, word is they are setting these up by the buffet table at the victory losers party.

Former record turnout for Democratic Party Primary in Connecticut…25% today’s turnout “likely to approach mid-30s.” – Discuss…

If Lieberman goes the way that Brian Lehrer is discussing, he will have been 0 for 3 in elections in the last 6 years alone.  In other words… nobody really likes LIeberman once they figure out who he has become.