Weekly Political Roundup

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  • A U.S. District Court judge heard arguments in the first federal district court hearing to examine the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
  • Political infighting continues in the House around Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
  • Hawaii state representative Blake Oshiro, who brought the state’s civil union bill up for its latest vote, came out to colleagues in an effort to help the legislation pass. It apparently worked. The bill passed, and awaits the governor’s signature.
  • Nickie Antonio looks likely to become Ohio’s first openly LGBT state legislator. She won the Democratic primary in a State House race that drew no Republican opponents.
  • Texas has allowed two women to marry. Sabrina J. Hill, a transgender woman, and her partner Therese “Tee” Bur were granted a marriage license by a San Antonio clerk who cited a Texas appeals court ruling, Littleton v. Prange, which says gender is determined by one’s birth certificate. The couple had previously applied in El Paso, where the county attorney requested an opinion (not yet given) from Attorney General Greg Abbott.
  • The Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals heard arguments for a lawsuit seeking to put the city’s same-sex marriage law before voters in a ballot initiative.

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