Marriage Equality Update

The Four has a new video on Washington state and the battle for equality:

The big equality news of the day is a second federal appeals court striking down DOMA. The opinion was written by Judge Dennis Jacobs, an H.W. Bush appointee. Ian Millhise has details:

This is a really big deal. Jacobs is not simply saying that DOMA imposes unique and unconstitutional burdens on gay couples, he is saying that any attempt by government to discriminate against gay people must have an “exceedingly persuasive” justification. This is the same very skeptical standard afforded to laws that discriminate against women. If Jacobs’ reasoning is adopted by the Supreme Court, it will be a sweeping victory for gay rights, likely causing state discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation to be virtually eliminated. And the fact that this decision came from such a conservative judge makes it all the more likely that DOMA will ultimately be struck down by the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, Minnesota's anti-equality amendment could go either way:

According to the poll, 47 percent of those surveyed said they favored the amendment and 46 opposed it. The difference is well within the poll's margin of error, which was 4.3 percent, according to KSTP. Seven percent of those polled said they were undecided.

Senator Al Franken and his wife Franni discuss their views on the ballot measure: