Via Pam Spaulding: By a 5-1 ruling, Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court declares "the expansion of hate crimes protections covering sexual orientation and gender identity [as] unconstitutional." The suit was brought brought by Christian right-wing activists arrested for a demonstration during Philadelphia gay pride. Gov. Ed Rendell urges the legislature to "immediately pass appropriate legislation to fully reinstate" the protections enacted by a bipartisan majority.
· Meanwhile, federal hate crimes bill unlikely to be acted upon before next year.
· Thursday night, the Las Vegas crowd booed John Edwards and Barack Obama. This weekend, it was Hillary Clinton's turn as she "was peppered by anti-war hecklers at a presidential forum on climate change and energy policy. 'How can you say you're for the environment when you are always voting for war?'"
· On Tuesday, we mentioned the White House was considering bypassing the Senate with a "recess appointment" to make controversial, anti-gay Dr. James Holsinger the next surgeon general. It will not happen because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) "will hold pro forma sessions over Thanksgiving break in order to prevent President Bush from using the congressional vacation to recess appoint controversial nominees."
· In "a surprising and historic development," Nicaragua's sodomy statute has been wiped from the books. Andrés Duque at Blabbeando believes this may have been "the last anti-gay sodomy statute in Spanish-speaking Latin American countries."