Proposition 8 is ruled unconstitutional, via the 'narrow' route
A federal panel voted 2-1 today to overturn a voter-approved referendum in California banning same-sex marriage in that state. The ruling was hailed by advocates and lots of New York officials.
Manhattan Borough President and mayoral candidate Scott Stringer said he was "elated" a court found "this ballot measure was an unconstitutional violations of Americans' right to marry whom they choose."
State Senator Liz Krueger said that the court found that the proposition "unconstitutionally singled out gay and lesbian Americans and denied them their civil rights."
A Washington Post article about the decision makes clear that the court's ruling was a "narrow" one: the proposition was unconstitutional because California had earlier legalized same-sex marriage, a precedent which shouldn't have been overturned "without a legitimate reason."
The bigger issue of whether equal protection under the law extends to gay and lesbian couples will likely be decided by the Supreme Court.
"Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gay men and lesbians in California," Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote in a 2-1 decision knocking down the California law. [Adam Nagourney]
The ruling did not say whether the constitution protects the rights of gay and lesbian couples to marry. Rather, it said that right had been in place in California and Prop 8 took it away "without a legitimate reason." [Robert Barnes]
A Times columnist wonders what Romney is trying to say about freedom of religion under Obama. [@powellnyt]
A New Yorker writer says Obama should challenge the G.O.P. nominee to more than three debates, especially in a campaign season with lots of Super PACs running ads. [Hendrik Hertzberg]
"Altschuler will be looking to ride Romney coattails." [@pxwhittle]
Lancman doubts the Republican attacking him as a "clubhouse politician" will be effective. [Chris Bragg]
Lancman will run on his Albany experience, not away from it. [Liz Benjamin]
A local reporter promises in-depth Lancman coverage in Thursday's paper. [@RossBarkan]
Lancman said "my Israel advocacy credentials are outstanding." [Colin Campbell]
"Who's the one misunderstanding here? Rep Waxman: Jews trending R "because of their misunderstanding of Obama's policies in the Middle East." [@RoryLancman]
Not running for re-election would make Rangel a liar, Rangel said. [David Freedlander]
The Journal News profiled Duane Jackson, who won fame as a guy who tipped police off to a terrorist bomb threat in Times Square. He and two other Democratic candidates have not reported any campaign fund-raising. [Michael Risinit]
The Journal News story led a wave of coverage today, even though Jackson has been campaigning for some time. [Liz Giegerich]
"I think I can get out the Democratic base," he told the Associated Press. [Jim Fitzgerald]
Reuters couldn't reach Jackson. [Jonathan Allen]
A Democratic challenger challenger sent a letter to Golden demanding he "disavow the legislative threats of your colleagues" leveled against Cuomo in Fred Dicker's column yesterday. [Andrew Gounardes]
Rosenthal touts her City Hall experience working in the Koch, Dinkins and Giuliani administrations. [Leslie Albrecht]
To keep Fresh Direct from accepting $100 million in tax breaks to move across the Hudson, Bloomberg, Cuomo and Diaz offered the company a $120 million tax package. [Andy Newman]
Here's another breakdown of the tax breaks the company is getting in order to stay. [Hunter Walker]
Five years ago today, Tom DiNapoli was appointed state comptroller, "defying Spitzer." [Michael Cooper]
In a report today, DiNapoli's office complained "the Executive proposes to exempt agency contracts from the State Comptroller’s review and approval." [osc.state.ny.us]
Cuomo's budget director disagreed and said the governor is only trying to introduce "flexibility language" into the contracting process. [Joseph Specctor]
A Times Union reporter explains the shift is about centralizing purchasing power, which seems to make sense. [Rick Karlin]
The new ad by the AFL-CIO criticizes "some politicians" in Albany. [Twitter]
The plan the AFL-CIO is opposing is Cuomo's "brainchild." [Liz Benjamin]
"At City Hall rally for the AMAZING GIANTS !!!" [Chung Seto]
Bloomberg wears a Giants-blue sweater, Cuomo wears a Giants scarf. [Joy Mee]
"I just ran into Harlem's next Congressman." [Ellis Peters]
"These posters line Avenue L in Canarsie" [Liza Kramer]