The NY Times reports on the government's bid for Supreme Court review in U.S. v. Stevens, the (so far successful) challenge to a federal ban on depictions on animal cruelty. The article notes that the law was designed to target fetishistic "crush videos" but has been used by the Justice Department to go after dogfight videos. It also notes that the Supreme Court is likely to take the case, since the lower court struck down a federal statute. The case is particularly interesting because it poses the question whether First Amendment exceptions for obscenity and child pornography can be expanded to reach other "harmful" and "low-value" speech.
And marriage equality group Freedom to Marry has issued an analysis of the Prop 8 vote that includes these findings:
- Party, ideology, religious attendance, age were the four major factors that drove voters' approval.
- Higher Black and Latino support was largely explained by higher religious attendance; when controlling for this factor the racial differences largely disappeared.
- Compared to the 2000 vote, support for marriage equality grew significantly across every demographic group (age, race, religion) except Republicans.