The California Supreme Court is expected to announce it's decision over the legality of Proposition 8 - the ballot referendum that stripped away marriage equality for same-sex couples in California last November - today at 10 PST.
No one knows exactly how they will rule but based on the comments the justices made during oral arguments most experts believe the court will uphold Prop 8 but will also refuse to nullify the 18,000 marriages that were performed while same-sex marriage was legal in California. Check out Equality California's site to stay up to date as the day progresses.
Events are planned all over the country this evening. Click here to find an event in your area.
In related news, last week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the State Department would soon offer employees in same-sex relationships equal benefits. In the memo provided by the State Department last week Secretary of State Clinton writes: "At bottom, the department will provide these benefits for both opposite-sex and same-sex domestic partners because it is the right thing to do."
And since we are waiting with bated breath for news from California's Supreme Court it is also newsworthy to note that President Obama is expected to announce his choice for the Supreme Court to fill David Souter's upcoming vacancy during an announcement at 10:15 EST at the White House. He is expected to nominate Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Rumors were awhirl yesterday that Caroline Kennedy was withdrawing her name from the running for the open New York Senate seat that Hillary Clinton had filled. Last night - just after midnight - she released a statement confirming her intentions to withdraw.
"I informed Gov. Paterson today that, for personal reasons, I am withdrawing my name from consideration for the United States Senate," she said.
Kennedy was always slightly below Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in polls but had the backing of Mayor Bloomberg, President Barack Obama, and her uncle Sen. Ted Kennedy. With the field re-shuffled who knows who Gov. Paterson will choose to replace Clinton.
My guess is AG Andrew Cuomo, though.
<> The release of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince will be pushed back until Summer 2009.
<> Jared Polis wins the Democratic primary in Colorado's 2nd district for the U.S. House beating out former state senator Joan Fitz-Gerald while running as an openly gay man. The heavily democratic district almost certainly means he'll be going to Washington this fall.
<> Manhunt.net Co-Founder Jonathan Crutchley contributes $2300 to the McCain campaign. After days of intense membership cancellations Crutchley was asked to step down as Chairman of the Board.
<> Hillary Clinton will be nominated and have her name announced during the role call at the Democratic Convention in Denver. Marc Ambinder reports that Obama/Clinton tensions are fabricated - mostly by the Republican National Committee.
AND THE LATEST CAMPAIGN ADS OF THE WEEK:
Those that fear for a divided Democratic Party come November should be put at ease after Hillary Clinton's phenomenal speech today to her supporters. What was a very hard fought race that broke limits for women and Blacks shall be remembered as the beginning of a different America.
Hillary's speech was amazing. She ended her campaign very classy and on a very high note. The speech is long but worth every moment. Well done, Hillary!
Onward to November where we will beat McCain and get our country back on track.
Hillary surprised critics with a victory tonight in New Hampshire. It seemed like Obama was on a fast track all the way to victory but apparently he missed the train. Though the race was very close - Hillary with 39% and Obama with 36% - it is clear now that this is anyone's race.
I've actually found this election very difficult for me to decide on my candidate. I much prefer Obama but I can't shake a feeling of really wanting to like Hillary. That was especially the case today after seeing how viciously she was attacked for showing some signs of being human to ABC yesterday.
This is one of those times where I find myself really wanting to like Hillary. Consider her predicament: always be tough and get the rap for being a phony stone cold bitch or show some real human emotions and be considered weak, stressed, or a "typical" emotional woman.
While I can't make a final decision on the leading Democratic candidates I do know that for the first time I'm actually paying attention to what everyone is saying. Though I'm leaning towards Barack, I'm still trying hard to really like Hillary.
Where do you stand? Let us know how you feel about Elections 2008.