Thus far, 2010 has been a great year for LGBT rights. As noted previously, federal judges have struck down Prop 8’s gay marriage ban, section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, and the military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy.

Today the gay rights movement scored another win — this time in Florida, and this time from a state court….

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spam spam spam.jpeg* It’s that time of the year, when you yet again resolve to no longer be an attorney. You have one more chance to make this same futile resolution when Chinese New Year rolls around. [The Complete Lawyer]
* Any food substance that sustains armies and people still living in Y2K bunkers deserves nothing less than a full-on defense of its rights. You go, Hormel. [Likelihood of Confusion]
* Healthy parenting or affirmative action? I We wonder if little Shiloh will turn out like that other token biological celebrity offspring, Satchel Ronan Seamus (or just another needy, rich, hot girl, whose mommy never loved her). [Hot Gossip at MSN Entertainment]
* Darwinism resurfaces, and thank God, because I really hate tiny dogs. [St. Petersburg Times]
* Bonus season may be behind us, but we still have money on our minds. [May It Please the Court]
* I am open to all genres of TV shows, as you may know. But this? Almost makes me long for the days of Ally McBeal. [QuizLaw]

Angelina Jolie Madonna nude naked pic pics picture photo.JPGFrom the Daily Mail of the U.K. (where newspapers are more fun to read):

Angelina Jolie has attacked Madonna for adopting a child ‘illegally’. She said the singer should never have visited an impoverished African country with the sole intention of choosing an infant.

Her comments follow accusations that Madonna used her fame and money to speed the adoption of one-year- old David Banda late last year.

‘Madonna knew the situation in Malawi, where he was born,’ said Miss Jolie, who has adopted two Third World youngsters of her own

But Ms. Jolie was diplomatic in her criticism:

“Personally, I prefer to stay on the right side of the law. I would never take a child away from a place where adoption is illegal.'”

Because, you know, following the law is such a personal decision.
This struck us as a little silly:

“‘Brad and I want to continue to adopt, but keeping a big family uses up a lot of money.”

Because it’s just so hard to make ends meet when you earn $10 million per picture, and your partner earns $17 million per picture.
Angelina Jolie attacks Madonna for ‘illegal adoption’ of baby David [Daily Mail]

* Only those of you who are heartless very, very jaded will think this is some dated National Geographic-esque gimmick. Some of you may be able to help with the remaining countries… And yes, we’ve already made a call to Madonna’s people about crossing Malawi off the list. [New York Children]
* Not the ideal set-up, but better than keeping them in a car without cracking a window. No one tells her how to raise her kids. [CNN]
* Leave it to Trump to personify garishness even without the gold facades and conspicuous branding.
[AP via Yahoo! News]
* Perez Hilton is getting his karmic retribution for defacing B-list celebrities’ crotches and septa. [Radar]
* Props to Rachel Sklar for working a promissory estoppel joke into a post about the New York Times. The humor may have been lost on many HuffPo readers; but the ATL audience will surely appreciate it. [Huffington Post]
* Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Give three pastors $1.3 million and, chances are, they’re going to use it for more than just bread and wine. [Talk Left]

madonna and child.jpgDrudge already took our original idea for a post title: “I’m Keeping My Baby.” But we will soldier on, chiming in on a subject that has captured international attention and has a legal angle: Pop star Madonna’s adoption of a one-year-old baby boy from Malawi, David Banda.
Allegations have been made that Madonna and her husband, director Guy Ritchie, did not proceed through standard legal channels in carrying out the adoption. Madonna denies such allegations:

“We have gone about the adoption procedure according to the law like anyone else who adopts a child. Reports to the contrary are totally inaccurate,” the singer, 48, said in an open letter released by her publicist.

“After learning that there were over one million orphans in Malawi, it was my wish to open up our home and help one child escape an extreme life of hardship, poverty and in many cases death, as well as expand our family.”

Pundits don’t preach; baby’s in trouble deep.
Madonna and Child flew from Malawi to London. Now they’re apparently bound for the United States:

Madonna is planning to fly to America to adopt the African boy she flew into London. Sources in Los Angeles say she has hired an American adoption agency because she fears British authorities could block her bid to become mother to 13-month-old David Banda….

Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie could face a criminal investigation by British authorities after she brought David from Malawi yesterday.

A criminal investigation? Yikes. Well, at least Madonna has the benefit of expert counsel: “[T]he star is taking the advice of friends Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to pursue the adoption in California.”
Inter-Race Adoptees Say Worried About Madonna Child [Reuters]
Madonna follows adoption route in US after advice from Angelina [Daily Mail]

may it please the court women's tank top.JPG* So it’s official. I’m not going to get into my spiel about western paternalism, but celebrities, please note: there are countless children in THIS country who need a family. [Associated Press]
* Can you say “Oh no he didn’t!”, when he doesn’t even know that he did? Note to anonymous Australian professional — colonial chic is passé. [Opinionistas]
* Mayor Gavin Newsom, ex-husband of ex-San Francisco assistant DA and Court TV hottie Kimberly Guilfoyle-Villency, has some real young arm candy. Yes, she’s legal — just not of legal drinking age. [San Francisco Chronicle]
* I keep forgetting we need a license to do this job. [New York Magazine]
* You may read that a Columbia Law professor has created a searchable site of Posner opinions. They’re funny, apparently, but probably not as useful as his 1996 book. [Project Posner]
* I love to celebrate the adventurous, entrepreneurial spirit of the common lawyer. But, um….maybe not. [Illegal Briefs]

chucky.jpgWe kinda love this lady:

A woman is taking the unusual step of trying to unadopt her 15-year-old son, saying she learned of his troubled past only after he molested two younger children.

“You don’t want to throw somebody away,” said Helen Briggs, a longtime foster mother. “But sometimes you have to.”

Look, we don’t blame her. What would you do if you adopted Chucky?
But did she save the receipt? And isn’t it long past the 30-day return period?
Mother Seeks To ‘Unadopt’ Teen After Discovering He Molested Young Children [Associated Press]

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