Tonawanda News — The DOMA decision felt somewhat anti-climactic here in New York when the real fight for marriage equality was won in Albany two years ago. Avid court-watchers seemed rather confident DOMA was headed for history’s scrap heap. Justice Anthony Kennedy has a history of siding with individual liberty over government action and though lots of conservatives will say otherwise, that was precisely the dynamic in play here.
I found myself chuckling as the arch conservative Justice Antonin Scalia fumed from the bench the DOMA decision will pave the way toward challenges to state-level anti-gay marriage laws. For once, I thought, I hope Scalia is right.
Back to the Lonestar State.
They say everything is bigger in Texas but it was the Herculean efforts of a slight state senator from Fort Worth that grabbed headlines last week.
Wendy Davis and her pink sneakers (tin-is shoes, as they call them down there) became a Twitter all star and rising star in Democratic politics for her 11-hour filibuster to help talk away a bill that would effectively close almost every abortion clinic in the state.
As a midnight deadline approached, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, a Republican proponent of the bill, managed to silence Davis and try to call a vote in the minutes before the legislative session’s end. A raucous gallery shouted loud enough protesters said they felt the building shake.
By the time Republicans were able to figure out what had happened, the clock struck 12 and the bill turned into a pumpkin — or whatever bills turn into when their sponsors can’t figure out what the hell is going on.
That didn’t stop them from trying. A vote tally originally time-stamped 12:03 a.m. was changed to show it having been taken before midnight but after hours of confusion, the GOP majority admitted defeat — and called another special session starting Monday to try again.