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Arizona Will Be Forced To Continue Giving Health Benefits To Same-Sex Partners Of Government Workers!

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Take THAT, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer!

Arizona has NOT impressed us with their policies lately, but we'll admit this is a step in the right direction…sort of.

Even though they're being forced to do it, Arizona will continue to provide health-care benefits to same-sex partners of individuals who work for the government.

The ruling was announced today by Arizona's 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which

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Supreme Court Doesn't Care About Eminem Legal Dramz

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Looks like they'll have to figure this out somewhere else!

Supreme Court has refused to get involved in a dispute between Eminem's former prod company, F.B.T. productions, and Universal Music Group.

The drama has to do with downloads of Em's songs & ringtones.

According to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, F.B.T. Productions LLC's contract "entitled Eminem and his producers to a 50-50 split with Universal for recordings licensed to digital distributors such as Apple Inc.'s iTunes."

F.B.T. and Em had been paid 12 percent of sales, which is the "agreed-upon rate for physical albums."

Hopefully they're able to resolve everything as painlessly as possible sans Supreme Court.

[Image via WENN.]

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Boo! Another Delay In Prop 8 Decision!

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Earlier this month, we learned that California's Supreme Court was going to make a decision on "whether to weigh in on the federal Proposition 8 appeal."

It looked like support for a Prop 8 repeal in California was a strong possibility, but now there have been more delays! Boo!

Yesterday, California's Supreme Court announced that it would listen to arguments regarding "whether marriage-equality opponents have standing to defend Proposition 8 in court when state officials refused to do so," a move that will delay resolution of the case.

Here's what American Foundation for Equal Rights board president Chad Griffin had to say about the new Prop 8 delay:

"More than six months ago, the federal district court declared unequivocally that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional and that it causes grave harm to gay and lesbian couples and their families each day that it is in effect. We look forward to assisting the California Supreme Court to reach an answer to the question before them as soon as possible so that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals can affirm the district court's ruling and end the state-sanctioned discrimination of Prop. 8. We are hopeful that the California Supreme Court will also consider further expediting this matter so that it could be argued before the summer."

"The American Foundation for Equal Rights is committed to achieving the freedom to marry for all Americans. We look forward to taking this case to the U.S. Supreme Court, which 14 times before has declared that marriage is a fundamental right for every American."

Well said, Chad! Let's get this process moving ASAP!

EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL.

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Bratz Dolls On Trial Once Again!

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Over the past several years, there's been all types of dramz surrounding MGA Entertainment Inc's controversial Bratz dolls.

Mattel has argued in court that original Bratz sketches were created by a former employee of theirs while he was STILL working for them.

Based on this argument, Mattel was awarded $100 million in 2008, and they were awarded the "Bratz trademark portfolio."

…But then the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw the result out, so now the two companies are ready to butt heads once again over ownership of the doll franchise.

Here's what MGA CEO Isaac Larian wrote in an e-mail about their ongoing trials with Mattel:

"The damage Mattel has caused to the Bratz brand is in hundreds of millions of dollars and devastating."

And here's what Mattel spokeswoman Jules Andrew has said about it:

"This is a matter of principle, but it is also a matter of sound business sense. We look forward to winning the second trial, as we did the first."

SO MUCH drama over Bratz dolls! We're wondering how well these lawyers are able to sleep at night….

Team Mattel? Team MGA? Team Neither?

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