One Word: Frivolous

The Courage Campaign's "Prop 8 Trial Tracker" logo.

The Courage Campaign's "Prop 8 Trial Tracker" logo.

The "Yes on 8" logo.

The "Yes on 8" logo.

The Courage Campaign sends word that they are being sued by the Yes on 8 team — ProtectMarriage.com — over the logo that they are using for their Prop 8 Trial Tracker.

As Julia Rosen at the Courage Campaign writes:

The Prop 8 attorneys have requested a temporary restraining order (TRO) prior to the full ruling. The case has been assigned to Judge Lawrence K. Karlton and we are currently waiting to hear back if he he has either granted the TRO, denied the TRO, or opted for a hearing about the TRO.

Our MoFo attorneys (the short-hand name our lawyers at Morrison Foerster go by) worked the midnight oil to prepare an excellent Opposition statement filed before the court. Short version: No fricken’ way we are taking the logo down. As our lawyer said, our logo is a “sassy” parody of their logo.

We continue to be entertained by the Prop 8 attorneys simultaneously admitting that the two images of gay parents and straight parents are “substantially indistinguishable,” and yet failing to grasp that that the difference between the logos illuminates the core difference between their views and ours.

Even assuming someone was confused by the logo itself, the parody is clear and I see little to no possibility of confusion between the Yes on 8 Web site and the Courage Campaign Web site.

[UPDATE: The request for a TRO was denied, as reported by the Courage Campaign.]

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Chris Geidner is the award-winning senior political & legal reporter at BuzzFeed and has written for Metro Weekly, The Atlantic Online, The American Prospect, Advocate.com, Salon and other publications, as well as at his blog, Law Dork. He has appeared regularly on television commenting on current affairs, including MSNBC, PBS, HLN & Current. Prior to moving to D.C. in 2009, he served as an attorney on the senior staff at the Ohio Attorney General's Office and had earlier worked for a leading Columbus law firm. An extended biography can be found here, and you can follow him on Twitter.