Liz Newcomb
Liz Newcomb is an attorney by day and committed LGBT activist by night and weekend. She has worked as a researcher at the Williams Institute. While in law school at UCLA, she was Articles Editor of the LGBT law journal. Liz lives in West Hollywood with her wife, Lynne. They are one of the 18,000 California same-sex couples who got married during the summer before proposition 8 passed. Liz has lived in California for over 20 years and brings a left coast perspective to AMERICAblog.

“8” Reading to be Live-Streamed; Brad Pitt to Play Judge Walker

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The West Coast reading of the play “8” by Dustin Lance Black about the prop 8 trial is going to be live streamed on Saturday, March 3 at 7:45 pm PST. (That’s 10:45 ...

Why support for gay marriage is Increasing

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This piece by Aaron Fischman about why support for gay marriage seems to be accelerating dramatically is spot on in my view. Fischman attributes the rise to three factors: (1) an increase ...

Leonard Link lays out what’s next in the Prop 8 lawsuit

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Arthur S. Leonard is a New York Law School professor who provides wonderfully perceptive and thorough analyses of important LGBT rights cases on his blog, Leonard Link. He has a new ...

The significance of Judge Smith’s dissent in the Prop 8 decision

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There was much in the ruling today to be happy about, like this money quote: We do not celebrate when 2 people merge their bank accounts; we celebrate when a couple marries. However, ...

David Cruz’s Analysis of the Prop 8 Standing Decision

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David Cruz, the constitutional law scholar who has joined us a few times to discuss legal matters, has a detailed analysis of the standing decision over on his blog. He is of the opinion ...

More on the CA Sup. Ct.’s Prop 8 “standing” ruling

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My reaction to the “standing” decision today is that I have never been so disappointed to have been right. As a practitioner, one cardinal rule I have is that the most persuasive ...

Hero of the Month: The state of Maine

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My 81 year old ex-Catholic father lives in Portland, Maine and has been keeping me up to date about the signature gathering there to put marriage equality back on the ballot. He was ...

Hero of the Month: Stephen Hill

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Stephen Hill is the American soldier in Iraq who was booed when he asked candidates at the Republican presidential debate about Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Hill was brave to call in to ...

“What’s Up, Baby?”

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The Brandon McInerney trial ended with a hung jury, resulting in a mistrial. Brandon McInerney was charged with murdering his classmate, 14 year-old student Lawrence King. Seven jurors ...

Heroes of the Month: Toril Hansen and Hege Dalen

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When an LGBT person is involved in a crime, whether as victim or suspect, attention focuses on that person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. But when LGBTs do something heroic, ...
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