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  • California Assembly passes ‘attack on parental rights’ bill banning sex orientation therapy

    08/30/2012 2:50:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 30, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    Ted Lieu said he designed the bill to deny parental rights. SACRAMENTO, August 30, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - A first-of-its-kind state measure banning voluntary therapy for same-sex attraction for minors has passed California’s Assembly, moving it a step closer to law, pending the reconciliation of the bill’s versions this week. The latest version of the bill states that California has a compelling interest in protecting minors against “exposure to serious harms caused by sexual orientation change efforts,” and prohibits any mental health professional from providing sexual orientation therapy to individuals under 18 years old.  The measure passed by a 51-21 vote...
  • Bill banning parents from trying to 'cure' gay kids moves forward

    08/19/2012 1:44:18 PM PDT · by South40 · 51 replies
    MSN.com ^ | August 19, 2012
    A new bill that’s the first of its kind has opinion hotly divided in California, this time over whether parents can be banned from trying to “cure” their gay children. Senate Bill 1172, which would prohibit all “sexual orientation change efforts” for minors, is through the legislature and slated to land on the governor's desk in September.
  • Proof GOP is going to (but not helping) the dogs

    08/27/2011 11:43:06 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/27/11 | Wyatt Buchanan, Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Columnist
    Ever since the Republican Red Tide that swept the country stopped at the Sierra Nevada in November, we've been wondering how California's GOP would attract new party members. (By the way, the Sierra also gave the Donner party problems in November, but that was a snowy winter nearly 165 years ago, and we digress.) The influence of Republicans, who hold just 43 of the Legislature's 120 seats, has been threatened again recently by newly drawn districts, particularly in the Senate. But judging by some votes cast in the Senate last week, members of the state's Grand Old Party aren't quite...
  • Effort launched to kill new law touting gay, lesbian contributions

    07/21/2011 1:21:22 PM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 7/21/11 | Jim Sanders
    A Sacramento-based advocacy group has filed referendum papers seeking to let voters decide the fate of a new California law requiring public schools to teach about societal contributions made by gay and lesbian people. Capitol Resource Institute, which describes itself as a "watchdog for family values," filed its documents this month with the state Attorney General's Office, which is a prelude to launching a signature-gathering campaign. The group hopes to kill Senate Bill 48, legislation that Gov. Jerry Brown said "represents an important step forward for our state"
  • Troops to march in San Diego's gay pride parade

    07/15/2011 11:18:15 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 15, 2011 | JULIE WATSON
    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A former Navy operations specialist is organizing what is believed to be the nation's first military contingent of active-duty troops and veterans to lead a gay pride parade. Sean Sala says the group will march Saturday in San Diego's parade, the nation's fifth largest.
  • Jerry Brown signs LGBT school textbook bill

    07/14/2011 12:37:15 PM PDT · by SmithL · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/14/11 | Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a controversial bill to include the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans in California's public school textbooks. After the governor signed the bill introduced by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, he released a statement that said, "History should be honest. This bill revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education and ensures that the important contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life are included in our history books. It represents an important step forward for our state, and I thank Sen. Leno for his hard work on this historic legislation."
  • Governor Brown Signs Legislation - SB 48 - homosexual-bisexual-transsexual "role models"

    07/14/2011 12:17:37 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 103 replies · 1+ views
    Perverts ^ | 14 July 2011 | Governor Jerry Brown; Senator Mark Leno
    7-14-2011 SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. announced today that he has signed the following bill: • SB 48 by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) – Pupil instruction: prohibition of discriminatory content.
  • California's Book Ban (Gay Agenda Advancing Gloriously in the Grade Schools)

    07/11/2011 3:43:22 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 29 replies
    Human Events ^ | 07/11/2011 | Daniel J. Flynn
    The California state legislature has passed a book-banning law. Nobody is calling the book ban a book ban because the books the book ban bans offend homosexuals. If the legislature had extended legislative protection to the hurt feelings of, say, Mormons or evangelical Christians, then everyone would have agreed that it’s a book ban. But it doesn’t, so don’t call the book ban a book ban. You just might get banned, too. The legislation, awaiting the signature of Governor Jerry Brown, decrees that localities in America’s most populous state “shall not adopt any textbooks or other instructional materials for use...
  • Bill to mandate teaching LGBT history in California moves closer to classroom

    07/06/2011 12:27:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | July 6, 2011
    Head of the class: San Francisco schools already teach LGBT history, and they’ve done so since 1992. Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/07/bill-mandate-teaching-lgbt-history-moves-closer-classroom#ixzz1RM19rOze Prominent figures in LGBT history could play a larger role in classrooms throughout the state after a bill requiring their inclusion into California curriculum passed the state Assembly on Tuesday and headed to the governor’s desk.The FAIR Education Act by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would require schools to teach at all grade levels the historical contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.If signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, schools would have to...
  • Gay History Taught in Calif. Public Schools?

    07/06/2011 9:13:49 AM PDT · by fifedom · 34 replies
    Textbooks and history classes in California schools would be required to include the contributions of gays, lesbians and transgender Americans under a proposal given final legislative approval in the Assembly on Tuesday and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.
  • Assembly Passes Bill To Require Contributions Of Gays In Textbook [Naked Indoctrination!]

    07/05/2011 7:52:34 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    <p>Reporting from Sacramento— Textbooks and history classes in California schools would be required to include the contributions of gays, lesbians and transgender Americans under a proposal given final legislative approval in the Assembly on Tuesday and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.</p>
  • California Bill Could Protect Cross-Dressing in the Work Force

    06/02/2011 2:26:57 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 26 replies · 2+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | June 2, 2011 | Pete Griffin
    A California bill working its way through the state legislature providing more protection for transgender individuals in the workplace could allow for cross-dressing employees to wear whatever they want to work, despite workplace dress codes. AB 887, which passed through the state's Assembly on May 16, is causing a stir among critics who feel it's raising the identity of a transgender individual to the same level as one's ethnicity or gender.
  • Gov. Jerry Brown proclaims Sunday second annual Harvey Milk Day

    05/21/2011 9:03:49 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 36 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 20 2011 | Marisa Lagos
    Gov. Jerry Brown declared Sunday as the state's second ever "Harvey Milk Day," saying the slain politician's "life was cut short far too soon, but his legacy of hope, tolerance, and equality lives on." Sunday would have been Milk's 81st birthday. The San Francisco supervisor and gay rights leader was shot and killed, as was Mayor George Moscone, by another supervisor in 1978. "In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man in the history of the United States to be elected to public office," Brown's proclamation reads in part....
  • Americans want 'gay' lessons banished

    05/03/2011 9:40:25 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 24 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 26, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    An overwhelming majority of Americans say elementary school is no place to promote the homosexual lifestyle, and even among liberals there is the strong belief that such lessons should be left outside the door of the classroom, according to a new poll. The results are from a WND/WENZEL Poll conducted for WND by the public-opinion research and media consulting company Wenzel Strategies. "Whether they object on moral grounds or simply out of concern that many U.S. schools are failing in their core missions of teaching basics doesn't really matter – the vast majority of American adults want this type of...
  • California lawmakers fight over bill to teach students about gay people's contributions

    04/03/2011 12:52:23 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 44 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | April 1, 2011 | Patrick McGreevy
    Reporting from Sacramento -- As the battle over same-sex marriage makes its way through California's courts, another gay rights fight is smoldering in the Legislature. Democratic lawmakers have revived a plan to require state schools to teach about the contributions of gay, lesbian and transgender Americans. They are reigniting a movement that halted five years ago when legislators approved such a requirement only to run into opposition from then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Now, with a Democrat in the governor's office, the lawmakers and gay rights activists are more hopeful that school curricula will be revised.
  • After Gay Marriage: What Next? CA Senator honors children's book on SSM

    03/08/2011 5:31:21 AM PST · by massmike · 12 replies
    http://nomblog.com ^ | 03/08/2011 | n/a
    CA State Senator Mark Leno has issued a proclamation to coincide with the launch of "My Uncle's Wedding", a new book which introduces children as early as 4 to same-sex marriage (Amazon.com has the book listed under "Marriage & Divorce" and "Gay & Lesbian Parenting & Families"). Here is Leno's proclamation: “Congratulations as we celebrate the launching of ‘My Uncle’s Wedding!’ As one of the few children’s books that address LGBT issues, it serves as a conduit by which to bolster understanding in our community. The book plays a vital role in creating a brighter future for our lesbian, gay,...
  • State Supreme Court votes to decide Proposition 8 issue

    02/16/2011 3:23:55 PM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 2/16/11 | Jack Chang
    The state Supreme Court voted unanimously today to decide the legal standing issue in the Proposition 8 same-sex marriage case now before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The federal appeals court had asked the state's high court to provide guidance on whether ProtectMarriage.com, the proponents of the 2008 ballot measure, could defend it before the 9th Circuit.
  • California wants lesbians as mandatory 'role' models

    02/11/2011 9:19:37 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 79 replies
    http://www.wnd.com ^ | February 11, 2011 | By Bob Unruh
    Lawmakers in the state of California are proposing a law that would require schools to portray lesbians, homosexuals, transsexuals and those who have chosen other alternative sexual lifestyles as positive role models to children in all public schools there. "SB 48: The worst school sexual indoctrination ever" is how officials with the Campaign for Children and Families describe the proposal, SB 48, sponsored by state Sen. Mark Leno. Openly homosexual, Leno boasts on his website of founding a business with his "life partner, Douglas Jackson," who later died of AIDS complications. That description as "worst" is considerable, considering the Campaign...
  • Homosexual War on Normalcy Spreading (Target: California)

    01/29/2011 1:37:01 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    Dakota Voice ^ | January 28th, 2011 | Bob Ellis
    A few days ago I wrote about the homosexual activist’s witch hunt against normalcy. I pointed out that the latest threshold of insanity is being pushed in the textbooks in Great Britain where activists would indoctrinate children to accept homosexuality not only in health class but in math and science class.In that article I reminded readers how liberals in America continually look to socialist Europe and demand that the United States follow in those footsteps (to ruin). I said it would only be a matter of time before Leftists pushed it here. Little did I know that it was already...
  • Gay-history lessons in state schools debated [CA Dem wants to make gay history mandatory]

    12/15/2010 1:43:57 PM PST · by RatherBiased.com · 82 replies · 1+ views
    While the courts continue to debate the legality of same-sex marriage, the battle over gay civil rights is moving into another arena: the classroom. State Sen. Mark Leno, a San Francisco Democrat, introduced legislation this week that would amend the state education code, mandating that LGBT history be included in the curriculum of public schools. The bill — dubbed the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful Education Act — calls for accurate and fair portrayal of LGBT historical figures who have contributed to shaping social and political issues across the nation. Leno said a shift in education policy would have a...
  • New bill requires gay history in textbooks to fight bullying

    12/13/2010 6:28:20 PM PST · by SmithL · 37 replies
    SacBee: Capital Alert ^ | 12/13/10 | Susan Ferriss
    Openly gay state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, introduced a bill today that would require public school materials to include the historical contributions of gay people as a way to fight bullying. Leno's Senate Bill 48 is similar to a proposal that was approved by the Legislature in 2006 but vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Most textbooks don't include any historical information about the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) movement, which has great significance to both California and U.S. history," Leno said in a press release. Leno was recently named to prominent leadership as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee....
  • Homosexual nuptials: A sweetheart deal--Judges ignore conflicts of interest to push radical

    12/03/2010 5:19:27 PM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 3, 2010 | Editorial
    Complete title: Homosexual nuptials: A sweetheart deal--Judges ignore conflicts of interest to push radical social agenda Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to disqualify himself from a case challenging California's homosexual "marriage" ban even though his wife has been directly involved in the case. His insistence on serving as one of three judges to consider Perry v. Schwarzenegger is an affront to the rule of law.The case involves a ban on homosexual "marriages" that was passed by statewide referendum. Federal District Court Judge Vaughn Walker, himself a homosexual, ruled the law unconstitutional, and...
  • [9th Circuit Court Judge] Reinhardt refuses to recuse himself in Prop 8 Appeal.

    12/02/2010 8:53:05 AM PST · by freedomwarrior998 · 34 replies
    Here, for reasons that I shall provide in a memorandum to be filed in due course, I am certain that “a reasonable person with knowledge of all the facts would [not] conclude that [my] impartiality might reasonably be questioned.” United States v. Nelson, 718 F.2d 315, 321 (9th Cir. 1983); see also Sao Paulo State of the Federated Republic of Brazil v. Am. Tobacco Co., 535 U.S. 229, 233 (2002) (per curiam). I will be able to rule impartially on this appeal, and I will do so. The motion is therefore DENIED.
  • Prop. 8 sponsors ask judge to disqualify himself

    12/01/2010 9:47:10 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/1/10 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Sponsors of California's ban on same-sex marriage asked a liberal federal appeals court judge Wednesday evening to disqualify himself from the panel that will review the ban next week because of his wife's leadership role in the American Civil Liberties Union. Judge Stephen Reinhardt's "impartiality might reasonably be questioned" because his wife, Ramona Ripston, is an outspoken opponent of Proposition 8 and has taken part in legal proceedings to overturn the ballot measure, lawyers for the measure's supporters told the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Reinhardt, an appointee of President Jimmy Carter who...
  • Closing credits: What is Schwarzenegger's legacy?

    12/01/2010 8:22:40 AM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/1/10 | Steve Wiegand
    He has been, in many ways, a governor of firsts:• The first to take office as a result of a recall election.• The first to commute, on an almost daily basis and via private jet, between the Capitol and his Southern California mansion. • The first to have served in the Austrian army, the first to have won the Mr. Olympia body-building title seven times, and - as far as we know - the first California chief executive to have nude photos of himself widely available on the World Wide Web.But "first" does not necessarily mean "great," or even "good."And...
  • Dan Walters: Schwarzenegger trying hard for legacy

    11/30/2010 8:06:05 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/30/10 | Dan Walters
    Arnold Schwarzenegger dished out make-believe mayhem during his action movie hero days, but he must be a closet masochist. Why else would he say, as he often does, that he'd love to remain governor of California? He's already one of the most unpopular governors in state history, and he's leaving behind an economy that's erased more than a million jobs and a state budget deficit that's worse than the one he inherited seven years ago. A rational man would jet to his ski lodge in Sun Valley and return to Sacramento just in time to hand the mess to successor...
  • Transgender youth leader charged with murder

    11/08/2010 9:02:47 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 31 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 8, 2010 | Henry K. Lee
    A transgender youth leader was charged with murder Monday in the fatal stabbing of her boyfriend in Walnut Creek, a prosecutor said. Akira Tajah Jackson, 24, of Oakland was also charged with an enhancement for using a large kitchen knife to kill 56-year-old Alan Gray in his home on Santa Rita Drive at about 9:20 a.m. Thursday. Born David Gavin, Jackson has been living as a woman for five years and met Gray about a year and a half ago while she was dancing at Diva's nightclub in San Francisco, said Contra Costa County prosecutor Barry Grove.
  • Transgender candidate clings to lead in judge race

    11/03/2010 6:16:04 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/3/10 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    OAKLAND -- An Alameda County Superior Court election remained undecided Wednesday, with Victoria Kolakowski - who would become the nation's first transgender judge - holding a slight lead over John Creighton. Kolakowski, an administrative law judge for the state Public Utilities Commission, led Creighton, a deputy district attorney, by 50.22 to 48.77 percent, or 3,300 votes out of 230,000 total votes cast, the county registrar's office reported. All precincts have reported, but provisional ballots and late-arriving mail ballots were still being tallied.
  • Court: San Diego wronged firefighters [cannot be forced to participate in gay "pride" parades ]

    10/16/2010 12:50:05 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 36 replies
    One News Now ^ | 10/16/2010 | Charlie Butts
    A court says San Diego firefighters cannot be forced to participate in homosexual "pride" parades -- and that the city's forcing four of them to do so three years ago subjected them to "sexual harassment." Four San Diego firefighters filed suit against the city in 2009 and won in the case surrounding their forced participation in a 2007 "gay pride" parade. The city, however, appealed that decision -- and Alliance Defense Fund attorney Joe Infranco tells OneNewsNow that the appellate court agreed Thursday with the lower court. "[The court found] that they had been sexually harassed by the city's compelling...
  • Brown's comment could help Prop. 8 forces

    10/13/2010 9:01:31 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/13/10 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO -- In defending his refusal to appeal a judge's order overturning California's ban on same-sex marriage, Attorney General Jerry Brown said the sponsors of the ballot measure can appeal it themselves - a statement that might aid their efforts to preserve the ban in court. Brown, the Democratic candidate for governor, made the comment in Tuesday's debate after Republican Meg Whitman criticized his non-defense of Proposition 8, the November 2008 initiative defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman."You can't have a governor or attorney general who makes a decision on what part of the...
  • Schwarzenegger Vetoes Gay-Sponsored “Trojan Horse” Measure on Marriage

    10/07/2010 7:06:49 PM PDT · by topher · 5 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | October 7, 2010 | Peter J. Smith
    Thursday October 7, 2010 Schwarzenegger Vetoes Gay-Sponsored “Trojan Horse” Measure on Marriage By Peter J. SmithSACRAMENTO, California, October 7, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger earned muted praise from pro-family advocates last week after he vetoed a measure that one pro-family group described as a “Trojan horse” that could have helped homosexuals overturn Prop. 8 in 2012. SB 906, authored by the openly homosexual Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and supported by many homosexual groups, would have changed the Family Code to refer to “civil marriage” instead of just “marriage.” The bill also stated that no authorized religious official...
  • 'Genderless' ID cards vetoed by Schwarzenegger

    09/23/2010 9:27:20 PM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 9/23/10 | Jim Sanders
    Identification cards that don't say whether you're a man or woman? Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed legislation today that would have allowed counties to issue official identification cards that did not identify either the owner's address or gender. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, had proposed the measure as a way to assist undocumented immigrants who lack adequate documentation to qualify for a state-issued ID card, and to help transgender individuals who feel uncomfortable having a gender listed.
  • Same sex marriage organization to air anti-Meg Whitman, Steve Cooley commercials

    09/22/2010 7:55:16 AM PDT · by SmithL
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 9/22/10 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    The Chronicle has learned that Equality California, the LGBT rights organization that has been at the vanguard of the fight to secure same sex marriage in California, will launch commercials next week at two top-o-the-ticket Republicans who said they would defend Proposition 8 in court: guv candidate Meg Whitman and AG hopeful Steve Cooley.
  • Prop 8 backers target trial judge in urging appeal

    09/18/2010 2:43:18 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 12 replies
    hosted ^ | Sep 18 | LISA LEFF
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Backers of California's same-sex marriage ban urged a federal appeals court to overturn the trial judge who struck down Proposition 8 by arguing late Friday that his consideration of evidence was "egregiously selective and one-sided." In written arguments to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, lawyers for the ban's sponsors alleged that Chief U.S. Judge Vaughn Walker "quite willfully" disregarded a 1972 U.S. Supreme Court precedent and other relevant information when he decided the voter-approved measure was an unconstitutional violation of gay Californians' civil rights. "The district court based its findings almost exclusively on an...
  • Gay Group Deploys Celebrities in Same-Sex Marriage Debate, Sidelines Judicial Activism

    09/15/2010 6:30:55 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 6 replies
    When U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker struck down California’s Proposition 8, the subsequent hubbub centered primarily around whether the decision was an example of judicial activism. Whether Walker, or any federal judge, is within their jurisdiction to rule on a state’s constitution is an entirely separate argument from whether the institution of marriage ought to be redefined. No matter which side of the latter issue you support, it is of greater importance to the integrity of our republican jurisprudence that we all embrace the correct answer to the former. It is the purview of the states to craft...
  • Conservative wants Maldonado to defy Schwarzenegger, appeal Prop. 8

    09/14/2010 7:57:01 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 9/14/10 | Susan Ferriss
    With Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is Asia, a conservative law professor is trying to cajole acting Gov. Abel Maldonado to appeal to defend California's same-sex marriage ban in court. John Eastman, who lost a bid in June to become the Republican nominee for attorney general, is calling on Proposition 8 supporters to "help Abel Maldonado do the right thing. Call him TODAY to say you support him filing the Notice of Appeal. . . . Call Now. Call Every Hour." Eastman, on his website today and in emails, is supplying office phone numbers and cell phone numbers for Maldonado, who is...
  • Court won’t force state to defend Prop. 8

    09/02/2010 2:17:59 PM PDT · by South40 · 46 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 9/2/2010 | Martin Wisckol
    A California court has refused to order Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to appeal a ruling that overturned the state’s gay marriage ban, according to an Associated Press report. The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento on Wednesday denied a conservative legal group’s request to force the officials to defend Proposition 8 in court. The court did not give a reason why it turned down the request by the Pacific Justice Institute.
  • Oath of Office – What Oath? - Schwarzenegger & Brown (Prop 8)

    09/01/2010 9:33:33 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 7 replies
    cbs47 ^ | 9-1-10 | cakid1
    Under the Constitution, the Governor and Attorney General have a duty to support and defend the state constitution. Their oath requires them to support and defend the constitution - "without mental reservation." But some claim the Governor and the State Attorney General are refusing to uphold their oath of office and duty – when it comes to Proposition 8 – which is part of the state constitution. Governor Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Brown do not personally support Prop 8 but..
  • Obama Wins if GOP Flinches on Marriage

    08/28/2010 5:39:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 195 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2010 | Ken Blackwell
    Editors' note: This piece is co-authored by Ken Klukowski.Same-sex marriage is back as a front-burner issue in American politics. On August 4, a federal judge in San Francisco held that there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, striking down part of the California Constitution defining marriage as one man and one woman. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ordered an expedited schedule to consider this case, with arguments to be held in December. Now former RNC chairman and 2004 Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman came out this week, announcing he’s homosexual, and pushing the Republican...
  • The Fools That Bring Disaster (Ken Mehlman)

    08/27/2010 8:46:11 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 19 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | August 25, 2010 | Robert Stacy McCain
    There were other things I wanted to write about this evening, but now I feel like I’m obligated to write a society-page feature because the Drama Queen (Ken Mehlman) decided to make her debut at the cotillion. (...) Excuse my derision, and denounce me as suffering from “homophobia” — Can I get an SSI disability check for that? Would Medicaid pay for treatment? — if that satisfies your craving for a sense of moral superiority. You’re not going to guilt-trip me into pulling punches. I’m heaping the most vicious ridicule I can on this twerp for a reason: To discourage...
  • Meg Whitman says she would defend Proposition 8

    08/20/2010 6:11:36 PM PDT · by SmithL · 43 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 8/20/10 | Jack Chang
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman said this afternoon that if elected governor, she would defend Proposition 8, which prohibits same-sex marriage, by appealing a recent federal court ruling declaring the proposition unconstitutional. Whitman made her clearest stand to date on the issue while speaking at the warehouse of Solar Gard Window Film in San Diego, hours before she's scheduled to address the California Republican Party's convention downtown. During a brief news conference, the Bee asked Whitman whether she would defend Proposition 8 if elected governor. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has taken up the issue after Chief Judge...
  • Chuck Cooper Strikes Back

    08/19/2010 11:07:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 19, 2010 | Maggie Gallagher
    This week, two things happened in the gay marriage wars: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay overruling U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's decision to permit gay marriages to take place immediately, before higher courts have a chance to review his unprecedented ruling. And a new poll released by Public Policy Polling shows that Americans continue to oppose gay marriage by an almost 2-to-1 margin. Normally, when a lower court judge finds a new constitutional right never before acknowledged by any federal court except his, he is modest and reasonable enough to stay his decision, recognizing that...
  • Prop. 8 ruling ignores precedent, evidence and common sense

    08/17/2010 5:12:00 PM PDT · by TruthHound · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | By Edwin Meese III
    Even some who support same-sex marriage worry that, in striking down California's voter-approved proposition defining marriage as between one man and one woman, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker went too far. They are right -- and not the only ones who should be concerned. Walker's ruling is indefensible as a matter of law wholly apart from its result. By refusing to acknowledge binding Supreme Court precedent, substantial evidence produced at trial that was contrary to the holding and plain common sense, the ruling exhibits none of the requirements of a traditional decision. This opinion is arbitrary and capricious, and its...
  • Does anyone represent California voters?

    08/17/2010 7:44:32 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/17/10 | Debra J. Saunders
    When 52 percent of California voters passed Proposition 8 in November 2008, Attorney General Jerry Brown said he would defend the measure during the inevitable appeals. Then, as is his fashion, Brown changed his mind. Ditto Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who twice vetoed same-sex marriage bills passed by the Legislature in deference to California voters who passed an earlier same-sex marriage statute in 2000. But after Prop. 8 passed, both refused to defend the measure. This month, after U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional, both Brown and Schwarzenegger urged Walker to lift a stay on his...
  • Federal Appeals Court Intervenes in Prop. 8, Halts California Gay 'Marriages'

    08/17/2010 5:55:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 16, 2010 | Peter J. Smith and Kathleen Gilbert
    SAN FRANCISCO, August 16, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals intervened in the battle over Proposition 8 Monday afternoon, and gave an order preventing California officials from issuing marriage licenses to homosexual couples until they can hear the case. The stay from the three judge panel of the appeals court blocked Chief U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker's decision overturning Proposition 8, the voter-approved state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.  Walker, one of three known openly homosexual judges in the federal judiciary, ruled in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger case that...
  • California Gay Marriage on Hold as Case Is Appealed

    08/16/2010 11:50:01 PM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 16, 2010 | Jesse McKinley
    A federal appeals court has extended a stay on same-sex marriages in California until it decides whether a ban on such unions is constitutional. It is just the latest turn in a protracted legal battle over Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban. The ruling, issued by a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, came less than a week after a federal district judge, Vaughn R. Walker, lifted a stay he had imposed to allow proponents of the ban to argue why same-sex marriages should not proceed. On Aug. 4, Judge Walker ruled that Proposition...
  • Court halts Calif. gay marriages pending appeal

    08/16/2010 4:28:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 2+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/16/10 | Lisa Leff - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO – A federal appeals court put same-sex weddings in California on hold indefinitely Monday while it considers the constitutionality of the state's gay marriage ban. The decision, issued by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, trumps a lower court judge's order that would have allowed county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Wednesday. Lawyers for the two gay couples that challenged the ban said Monday they would not appeal the panel's decision on the stay to the Supreme Court.
  • Appeals court stays marriage ruling (Ca Prop 8)

    08/16/2010 4:01:36 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 141 replies
    Politico ^ | August 16, 2010 | Ben SMith
    The Ninth Circuit has stayed Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling in the high-profile Constitutional challenge to California's same-sex marriage ban. The case is scheduled to be heard in early December. So hold the wedding bells. There is some good news, though, for the same-sex plaintiffs: The court warned in its order that it's considering dismissing the appeal on the grounds that the appelants -- who don't include the Governor or Attorney General -- lack standing. "In addition to any issues appellants wish to raise on appeal, appellants are directed to include in their opening brief a discussion of why this appeal...
  • The Most Egregious Performance Ever by a Federal District Judge

    08/14/2010 2:17:25 AM PDT · by guitarist · 26 replies · 1+ views
    National Review Online's Bench Memos ^ | August 13, 2010 | Ed Whelan
    The Most Egregious Performance Ever by a Federal District Judge August 13, 2010 2:29 PM By Ed Whelan Consider the totality of Judge Walker’s conduct in the anti-Prop 8 case: Let’s start with Walker’s initial case-management conference when he determined, to the surprise even of plaintiffs’ lawyer Ted Olson, that the case couldn’t be resolved, one way or the other (as other courts have done in similar cases), as a matter of law but would instead require extensive discovery into supposed factual issues. Let’s continue with Walker’s insane and unworkable inquiry into the subjective motivations of the more than seven...
  • A biased ruling on gay marriage in California

    08/14/2010 4:50:35 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    Latimes.com ^ | August 13, 2010 | Tim Wildmon
    U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker should have recused himself, but he had a legal and political statement he wanted to make. The people of California spoke clearly at the polls in 2008 when they passed an amendment to the state Constitution that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. The public debate was held, the media wars were fought, both sides spent millions of dollars and the people voted for Proposition 8 by a margin of 52% to 48%. The people's will carried the day, as it is supposed to — until U.S. District...