Gabriel Arana is a senior editor at The American Prospect. His articles on gay rights, immigration, and media have appeared in publications including The New Republic, The Nation, Salon, The Advocate, and The Daily Beast.
According to the Associated Press, the Supreme Court has rejected an appeal to D.C.'s gay-marriage law brought by Maryland Bishop Harry Jackson. Jackson had sued the district's Board of Elections and Ethics for blocking a public referendum on the issue, which the board -- and the D.C. courts -- said violated the city's Human Rights Act.
From the look of it, there is simply no time to lose in Wisconsin to pass the most draconian and disenfranchising voter-identification law in the country (it surpasses even an extremely controversial Indiana law that requires voters to present government-issued photo ID). The new Republican governor in what's now an all-red state -- all three branches of the government are, after the last election, controlled by Republicans -- wants immediate action so the voter-ID law can be in place before the April 5 election for the state Supreme Court. Another, related bill would write the voter-ID law into the state constitution.