This and that
* Hillary and Julie Goodridge, the lead plaintiffs in Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health, the ground-breaking case that established the right of same-sex couples to marry in Massachusetts, have separated after two decades together. Sad news, but they will always be remembered for their role in history. Expect the wingers to grab ahold of this one, despite the mile-long list of minute-long failed het marriages.
* Blender Tom S. wrote in about a documentary that he and his partner are taking part in, Through Thick and Thin, about the unfair immigration laws for binational gay couples. He said:
We’ve decided to move to Canada and get the hell outta here after spending $15K to try and get him asylum in the US. He’s still in deportation proceedings. We realized it’s not worth the fight any longer to remain here with the wingnuts when we can be safe, happy and equal there.
This is a f*cking shame. But can you blame him?! I have several friends in the same predicament, on pins and needles worrying about visas and being separated due to our government’s ignorance and hostility towards loving couples who merely want to stay together.
* Chris at Law Dork blogs about Holy Joe and the potential Dem in-fighting this fall if Lieberman loses to Lamont and goes Indy. He echoes the netroots’ call for incumbent crybaby Joe to allow Lamont to run against the Republican nominee unimpeded if the primary goes south for the Connecticut senator.
* Check out Mad Kane’s Ode To The Groper…
* Just so you know, here are the 33 members (all Republicans, btw, no surprise) who voted against the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act — it passed 390-33.
Jo Bonner and Terry Everett of Alabama; Trent Franks and John B. Shadegg of Arizona; Wally Herger, John T. Doolittle, Edward R. Royce, Gary G. Miller, Dana Rohrabacher, John Campbell, all of California; Joel Hefly and Thomas G. Tancredo of Colorado; Tom Price, John Linder, Lynn A. Westmoreland, Charlie Norwood, Nathan Deal and Phil Gingrey, all of Georgia; Dan Burton of Indiana, Iowa’s Steve King, Richard H. Baker of Louisiana, Roscoe G. Barlett of Maryland, New Jersey’s Scott Garrett; Virginia Foxx and Patrick T. McHenry of North Carolina; South Carolina’s J. Gresham Barrett, John J. Duncan Jr. from Tennessee and six from Texas: Sam Johnson, Jeb Hensarling, Joe Barton, K. Michael Conaway, Mac Thornberry and Ron Paul.
Not voting were Julia Carson, a Congressional Black Caucus member from Indiana; Jo Ann Davis of Virginia, Lane Evans of Illinois, Missouri’s Sam Graves, Michael McNulty from New York, Annie M. Northup from Kentucky, Pete Sessions of Texas, Louise McIntosh Slaughter of New York and Todd Tiahrt of Kansas.
* Foreclosures are going up (you knew this was coming; h/t R. Neal, Facing South). Foreclosure.com’s 2006 Mid-year market analysis shows that Georgia ranks highest among states in foreclosure rates this year, followed by Indiana, Colorado, Michigan, Texas, Ohio, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Utah. The reason? In many cases, predatory lending is an issue with overextension in the form of “suicide loans”, or “piggyback mortgages”:
Typically for people with little or no down payment, the amount for the first mortgage is set so it does not exceed 80% of the home’s value. This allows the borrower to avoid paying Mortgage Insurance (MI). The remaining loan amount is financed as a second mortgage by way of a Home Equity Loan or a Home Equity Line of Credit and “piggybacked” onto the first.