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  • The new GOP? Republican openly campaigns with gay partner

    02/14/2014 8:02:21 PM PST · by massmike · 79 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 02/14/2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    A Republican seeking congressional office and touting a reform agenda has just made history by becoming the first politician on the campaign trail to bring his gay partner to the forefront, with an advertising film. “I don’t see it as such a big deal,” said openly gay Carl DeMaio, of his campaign ad for California office that shows him holding hands with his gay partner, in The Daily Mail. He downplayed the ad further, saying that it’s not really different from other politician hopefuls who show their “spouse, their children, their household pets” in their ads, the newspaper said. In...
  • Grammys: Macklemore and Madonna Perform 'Same Love' As 33 Couples Wed Live on Air

    01/26/2014 11:22:09 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 92 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 1/26/14 | Debbie Emory
    The music giants joined forces to promote marriage equality as both gay and straight couples were married at the same time. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love" anthem became the theme song for 33 newlyweds during the 56th Grammy Awards on Sunday night. The gay and straight weddings were officiated by Queen Latifah while the hit song about equality was performed by the rap duo with Madonna hitting the stage with them, along with Mary Lambert and jazz artist Trombone Shorty. PHOTOS: Grammys 2014: Red Carpet Arrivals "This song is not a love song for some of us but for...
  • Va. quickly emerging as key in gay marriage fight

    01/19/2014 11:33:45 AM PST · by Oliviaforever · 25 replies
    AP-Yahoo ^ | 1-19-14 | STEVE SZKOTAK
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Almost overnight, Virginia has emerged as a critical state in the nationwide fight to grant gay men and women the right to wed. Related Stories Okla. gay marriage ban struck down; ruling on hold Associated Press Judge rules Oklahoma gay marriage ban unconstitutional AFP US judge strikes down Oklahoma gay marriage ban as ‘arbitrary, irrational' Christian Science Monitor Utah appeals gay marriage ruling to top US court AFP The Supreme Court Puts Utah's Gay Marriages on Pause The Atlantic Wire This purple state was once perceived as unfriendly and even bordering on hostile to gay rights....
  • The Mexican husband of a Coral Gables man has been granted a green card

    01/16/2014 6:51:21 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 01.16.14 | STEVE ROTHAUS
    The U.S. government has awarded permanent residency to the gay Mexican husband of a Coral Gables man, nearly two years after they wed in Washington, D.C, and seven months after the U.S. Supreme Court abolished a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. “I’m very excited and very relieved,” said Daniel Zavala, 28, who applied for a green card shortly after he and Yohandel Ruiz, a Cuban-born American citizen, married May 1, 2012. “We feel like we finished the process and got what we’re looking for. We’re going on with our lives as a regular couple.” The couple had...
  • Federal judge strikes down Okla. same-sex marriage ban

    01/14/2014 8:07:48 PM PST · by optiguy · 101 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 14, 2014
    Oklahoma's gay marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Terrence Kern handed down the ruling in a lawsuit filed by two same-sex couples. Kern immediately stayed his ruling pending appeals, meaning gay marriages won't happen in Oklahoma right away. The gay couples had sued for the right to marry and to have a marriage from another jurisdiction recognized in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma ruling comes about a month after a federal judge in Utah overturned that state's ban on same-sex marriage. Hundreds of couples got married there before the U.S. Supreme Court intervened,...
  • Mayor Annise Parker and longtime partner make wedding plans (Houston's lesbian leader)

    12/28/2013 9:16:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    CultureMap Houston ^ | December 27, 2013 | Clifford Pugh
    Although Mayor Annise Parker has vowed that she and her longtime partner, Kathy Hubbard, will not wed until gay marriage is legal in Texas, in recent interviews the mayor has softened her stance. "The world is changing so fast, maybe I won't wait that long," Parker said last week in a year-end interview with CultureMap when asked when she would marry. "I'm no longer worried that (gay marriage in Texas) is not going to happen in my lifetime. After the Supreme Court ruling and the number of states that now have equal marriage, it's coming." Since then CultureMap has learned...
  • West Point hosts first wedding between 2 men

    11/02/2013 5:38:22 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 77 replies
    WEST POINT, N.Y. Two West Point graduates were married Saturday in the military academy's first wedding between two men. Larry Choate III, class of 2009, married Daniel Lennox, class of 2007, before about 20 guests. Choate, 27, taught Sunday school at the U.S. Military Academy's Cadet Chapel and said he always thought of it as the place he would get married if he could. West Point hosted two same-sex weddings of women in late 2012, more than a year after New York legalized same-sex marriage. But Saturday's wedding was the first time two men wed at West Point.
  • Hawaii lawmakers question benefits of gay marriage

    10/29/2013 6:00:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 29, 2013 5:03 AM EDT | Oskar Garcia
    Hawaii’s battle over gay marriage brought state lawmakers back to work Monday after the governor called a special session that could make the islands a wedding destination for more couples. Some 1,800 people signed up to testify in person at a Senate committee hearing, which was carried live on TV and local news websites. Dozens of people gathered around three televisions in the Capitol rotunda, cheering testimony they agreed with and singing songs. Opponents of gay marriage solicited honks and shaka signs from passing motorists on the street, staging a large rally of hundreds of people timed with afternoon rush...
  • IRS issues tax rules for married gay couples

    08/29/2013 12:07:12 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 39 replies
    AP via FOX News ^ | August 29, 2013 | AP
    The government is issuing the regulations needed to allow gay couples married in states that recognize same-sex marriages to file joint federal tax returns. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says the new rules will provide "clear, coherent tax filing guidance for all legally married same-sex couples nationwide." Lew said the regulations also make clear that legally married same-sex couples will be able to move freely throughout the country and their federal tax filing status will not change.
  • Businesses, groups target Indiana gay marriage ban

    08/22/2013 3:38:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 21, 2013 5:47 PM EDT | Rick Callahan
    A coalition of businesses and activist groups who launched a push Wednesday to defeat an amendment that would write Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban into the state constitution warned that if it passes it would set the state back and undermine the rights of its gay and lesbian residents. The push by the new Freedom Indiana coalition heralds an expected battle in Indiana’s next legislative session, not just between same-sex marriage opponents and gay rights advocates, but also big corporations who contend such a ban would be bad for business. More than 200 people, some holding blue signs reading “Liberty for...
  • Gay marriages resume in Calif. with a flurry

    06/29/2013 3:38:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 29, 2013 5:09 AM EDT | Lisa Leff
    Same-sex marriages that were outlawed in California 4½ years ago resumed in a rush after a federal appeals court took the “unusual, but not unprecedented” step of freeing couples to obtain marriage licenses, before the U.S. Supreme Court had issued its final judgment in a challenge of the state’s voter-approved gay marriage ban. … Although the couples fought for the right to wed for years, their nuptials came together in a flurry when a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a brief order Friday afternoon dissolving a stay it had imposed on gay marriages while...
  • Iowa at Disney encouraging gays to move to Hawkeye State

    10/04/2009 12:39:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies · 2,270+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | October 2, 2009 | Eric Carpenter
    Iowa at Disney encouraging gays to move to Hawkeye State October 2nd, 2009 by Eric Carpenter Figuring that plenty of gay couples in California are frustrated by the inability to get legally married here, representatives from Iowa have set up a booth at Gay Days at the Disneyland Resort encouraging them to consider moving to the Hawkeye State. Iowa is one of four states nationwide that allow gay marriages. That state’s Supreme Court made the decision earlier this year. Two representatives for three regional visitors bureaus flew out for the three-day Gay Days, when 30,000 partipants roll into town to...
  • Yes On 8 Perspective - Significance Of California Supreme Court Victory (Andrew Pugno Commentary)

    05/27/2009 4:07:54 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies · 694+ views
    Flash Report ^ | 05/27/2009 | Andrew Pugno
    Yesterday - less than three months after Kenneth W. Starr and I appeared in the California Supreme Court on behalf of our ProtectMarriage.com Campaign to defend Prop 8 - the Court finally issued its decision... all 185 pages of it! By a 6 to 1 vote, a nearly-unanimous majority of the Supreme Court upheld the vote of the people by which Prop 8 was passed into law to protect traditional marriage in our State Constitution. You can read the decision here as it appears on the Court's website. While there were no real surprises in the decision, and it looks...
  • Another Marriage Measure Cleared For Calif

    03/20/2009 7:07:50 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies · 1,054+ views
    LA Times ^ | March 20, 2009
    Another marriage measure cleared for Calif. Associated Press March 20, 2009. SACRAMENTO -- The sponsors of a second ballot measure seeking to repeal California's ban on same-sex marriage have been cleared to start collecting signatures. The secretary of state on Friday gave the group Yes on Equality until August 17 to collect the nearly 700,000 signatures needed to qualify its initiative for the 2010 ballot. If approved by voters, the group's proposed constitutional amendment would rescind Proposition 8, which passed last November. The California Supreme Court is
  • Prop. 8 Opponents Begin Effort to Strike 'Marriage' from Calif. Law

    03/11/2009 12:03:59 PM PDT · by TruthHound · 66 replies · 1,494+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 03/11/09 | Lawrence Jones
    Proposition 8 opponents received permission Tuesday from the California Secretary of State's office to begin collecting petition signatures toward a repeal of the state's same-sex marriage ban. Wed, Mar. 11, 2009 Posted: 08:19 AM EDT Proposition 8 opponents received permission Tuesday from the California Secretary of State's office to begin collecting petition signatures toward a repeal of the state's same-sex marriage ban. The initiative would side step the issue of same-sex marriage by making all couples eligible for marriage benefits regardless of their sexual orientation. If approved, the initiative would strike the word "marriage" from all state laws and replace...
  • California Initiative Proposes Abolishing All Marriage from Law

    03/11/2009 4:13:40 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 37 replies · 1,332+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/11/09 | Kathleen Gilbert
    SACRAMENTO, March 11, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - California same-sex "marriage" supporters are collecting signatures to support a ballot initiative that would remove civil marriage from California law entirely, as well as the provision codifying marriage as between a man and a woman. The "Domestic Partnership Initiative" proposes to categorize all unions simply as "domestic partnerships," while retaining all the rights of marriage for heterosexual couples, and extending them to homosexual couples. According to the initiative's summary, "Legally speaking, 'Marriage' itself would become a social ceremony, recognized by only non-governmental institutions." State Attorney General Jerry Brown submitted the official title and summary...
  • The New Blacklist: Freedom of speech--unless you annoy the wrong people [Prop. 8 Retribution]

    03/10/2009 9:02:23 PM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 29 replies · 2,598+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 3/16/2009 | Maureen Mullarkey
    Strange times we live in when it takes a ballot initiative to confirm the definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Stranger still when endorsing that definition through the democratic process brings threats and reprisals. In November, the San Francisco Chronicle published the names and home addresses of everyone who donated money in support of California's Proposition 8 marriage initiative. All available information, plus the amount donated, was broadcast. My name is on that list. Emails started coming. Heavy with epithets and ad hominems, most in the you-disgust-me vein. Several accused me, personally, of denying...
  • Same-sex marriage initiative put to test

    03/04/2009 8:33:27 AM PST · by BAW · 14 replies · 712+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | March 4, 2009 | Greg Moran
    Calif. high court to hear challenge. There is little common ground between those on either side of the charged debate over marriage in California. But on the eve of the state Supreme Court hearing in San Francisco on Proposition 8, which prohibits same-sex marriage, advocates on both sides describe the issue in similar high-stakes rhetoric. “History swings on very small hinges sometimes,” said Jim Garlow, pastor at Skyline Church in La Mesa and one of the state's highest-profile supporters of Proposition 8. “On a broader scale, beyond the scope of the definition of marriage, this is about whether the social...
  • Gross Dereliction of Duty (California Attorney General Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown's Prop 8 brief)

    12/27/2008 8:27:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 1,184+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 23, 2008 | The Editors
    December 23, 2008, 4:00 a.m. Gross Dereliction of DutyBy the Editors As attorney general of California, Jerry Brown has a duty to defend the state and its laws in court. That duty requires him to offer the best grounds in defense of any law that may reasonably be defended. In a brief he filed last Friday in the case challenging Proposition 8 — the ballot measure that amended California’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage — Brown grossly violated that duty. On Election Day, California voters approved Proposition 8. Opponents of Proposition 8 then rushed to court to invalidate it...
  • Ban on gay marriage won't be forever

    12/27/2008 6:14:01 AM PST · by IbJensen · 52 replies · 1,497+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | December 27, 2008 | Editorial Staff
    The cause of gay rights has made enormous progress in the last couple of decades, but the more specific cause of gay marriage continues to be battered. In the same election that voters helped bridge the United States' racial divide by electing the country's first African-American president, voters in California overrode a ruling of that state's Supreme Court and effectively rebanned gay marriage. Reliably Democratic-voting California — home to those much-mocked "San Francisco values" that tolerate gay lifestyles — has now joined 29 other states, including Ohio, banning gay marriage. Protests in reaction to the vote popped up across the...
  • {AG Jerry "Moonbeam" } Brown first in decades to go against voters

    12/24/2008 7:48:35 AM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies · 890+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/24/8 | Bob Egelko
    Attorney General Jerry Brown's legal challenge to California's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage marks the first time that the state's top lawyer has refused to defend a newly enacted ballot measure since 1964 - another epic discrimination case that eventually reached the U.S. Supreme Court. In November 1964, an overwhelming 65 percent majority of the state's voters approved Proposition 14, a constitutional amendment that overturned a fair-housing law and allowed racial discrimination in property sales and rentals.Attorney General Thomas Lynch - newly appointed to succeed Stanley Mosk, a Prop. 14 opponent who had just been named to the state Supreme...
  • Feeling the hate of Prop 8

    12/20/2008 9:38:34 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 69 replies · 3,833+ views
    http://www.renewamerica.us ^ | December 20, 2008 | By Jen Shroder
    The backlash continues to roar in California as gay activists continue to silence opposition while waiting for the Calif. Supreme Court to weigh in on Prop 8. The Mormon Church and Chuck Norris are feeling the heat while Linda Harvey receives threats. A Houston lawyer "who brazenly identified himself," wrote, "You are very much being watched! All you jeebus-lovin-christers rights will slowly be taken away one by one the more you try to press your beliefs down our throats." An elderly woman is swarmed, her cross ripped out of her hand and stomped on while the news anchor, Kris Long,...
  • Calif. AG Urges Court to Void Gay Marriage Ban

    12/20/2008 7:29:33 AM PST · by Publius804 · 50 replies · 1,448+ views
    www.newsmax.com ^ | December 19, 2008 | Associated Press
    Calif. AG Urges Court to Void Gay Marriage Ban SAN FRANCISCO – The California attorney general has changed his position on the state's new same-sex marriage ban and is now urging the state Supreme Court to void Proposition 8. In a dramatic reversal, Attorney General Jerry Brown filed a legal brief saying the measure that amended the California Constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman is itself unconstitutional because it deprives a minority group of a fundamental right. Earlier, Brown had said he would defend the ballot measure against legal challenges from gay marriage supporters. But Brown...
  • California’s Rush To Judgment on Same Sex Marriage

    12/21/2008 9:11:48 AM PST · by kaehurowing · 40 replies · 1,468+ views
    The Moderate Voice ^ | December 20, 2008 | Jerry Remmers
    California’s Rush To Judgment on Same Sex Marriage December 20th, 2008 By JERRY REMMERS Only in California can the bizarre become the norm. In a spate of a few hours Friday afternoon, briefs were filed with the state Supreme Court challenging, supporting and extending a ban on same sex marriages. Backers of Proposition 8, the initiative that bans same sex marriage, petitioned to nullify the 18,000 marriages conducted after the high court voted 4-3 approving such nuptials. State Attorney General Jerry Brown countered with a brief indicating he could not support the proposition because “the amendment process cannot be used...
  • Rick Warren at the Inaugural. Wrong in so many ways(Read what the left thinks of you)

    12/20/2008 10:26:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 1,451+ views
    Science Blogs ^ | December 20, 2008 | Greg Laden
    In my opinion, having Pastor Rick Warren give the invocation at Barack Obama's inaugural is a mistake, but it is a complicated, meaningful mistake that calls for a certain amount of analysis. Rick Warren is a little different from most other well established Evangelical pastors. He is big, and famous, and powerful, and all of the evangelical fundamentalists in the United states have a copy of one or more of his book their on the shelf right next to the Bible and the Idiot's Guide to Homeschooling your Children. So he is influential. But what is different about him is...
  • California Attorney-General turns against Prop 8

    12/20/2008 8:42:24 AM PST · by IbJensen · 51 replies · 1,530+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | December 20, 2008 | Lisa Leff
    SAN FRANCISCO - California's attorney general has changed his position on the state's new same-sex marriage ban and is now joining forces with homosexual activists to overturn the results of Proposition 8. In a dramatic reversal, Attorney General Jerry Brown filed a legal brief saying the measure that amended the California Constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman is itself unconstitutional because it deprives a minority group of a fundamental right. Earlier, Brown had said he would defend the ballot measure against legal challenges from gay marriage supporters. But Brown said he reached a different conclusion "upon...
  • Top Lawyer Urges Voiding California Proposition 8

    12/19/2008 11:24:38 PM PST · by Lorianne · 29 replies · 1,304+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 19, 2008 | Jesse McKinley
    SAN FRANCISCO — In a sharp rebuke to supporters of a contested state ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage, the California attorney general said Friday that the measure was constitutionally indefensible and should be overturned. The attorney general, Jerry Brown, had previously hinted of his opposition to the measure, Proposition 8, but made his legal opinion concrete on Friday in a brief to the California Supreme Court, which is reviewing the measure. “Proposition 8 must be invalidated because the amendment process cannot be used to extinguish fundamental constitutional rights without compelling justification,” Mr. Brown said in a statement. The attorney...
  • Kenneth Starr to defend gay marriage ban before state Supreme Court

    12/19/2008 6:31:58 PM PST · by granite · 18 replies · 963+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 3:07 PM, December 19, 2008 | Jessica Garrison
    Kenneth W. Starr, the former U.S. Solicitor General who led the inquiry into President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica L. Lewinsky, will argue the case in favor of upholding a ban on gay marriage before the California Supreme Court. Starr was today named lead counsel for the official proponents of Proposition 8. This afternoon, the group filed court briefs defending the legality of the proposition, which was approved by 52% of California voters last month throwing into question thousands of marriages performed during the five months the practice was legal in the state. The briefs are in response to a...
  • Jerry Brown urges court to void Prop. 8 (Moonbeam changes position, reverses earlier stance)

    12/19/2008 6:01:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 134 replies · 6,677+ views
    ap on Sac Bee ^ | 12/19/08 | Lisa Leff - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO -- California Attorney General Jerry Brown has changed his position with respect to the state's new same-sex marriage ban and is now urging the state Supreme Court to void Proposition 8. Brown filed a brief Friday saying the measure, which amended the California Constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman, is itself unconstitutional because it deprives gay couples of a fundamental right.
  • Prop. 8 sponsors seek to nullify 18,000 gay marriages

    12/19/2008 3:56:54 PM PST · by Deo volente · 84 replies · 6,634+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 19, 2008 | Lisa Leff, Associated Press writer
    The sponsors of Proposition 8 asked the California Supreme Court on Friday to nullify the marriages of the estimated 18,000 same-sex couples who exchanged vows before voters approved the ballot initiative that outlawed gay unions. The Yes on 8 campaign filed a brief arguing that because the new law holds that only marriages between a man and a woman are recognized or valid in California, the state can no longer recognize the existing same-sex unions.
  • Readers have choice words (pro and con) on Prop. 8 (Reporter called bigot)

    12/19/2008 8:01:55 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 21 replies · 1,540+ views
    http://www.latimes.com ^ | December 17, 2008 | Steve Lopez
    When you write a column for a living, you get called lots of names on a regular basis. Moron, liar and sellout, to name a few. I'm in no position to complain, though, since I occasionally use the same words to describe public officials and captains of industry. But I've never been called a bigot so many times as I have since I wrote in my Sunday column about the boycott of El Coyote, the Los Angeles cantina whose Mormon manager donated $100 to Proposition 8, the successful November ballot initiative to ban gay marriage. "Your article defending" the manager...
  • A life thrown into turmoil by $100 donation for Prop. 8 (From gays picketing/boycotting)

    12/19/2008 6:44:32 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 93 replies · 3,923+ views
    http://www.latimes.com/ ^ | December 14, 2008 | Steve Lopez
    Margie Christoffersen didn't make it very far into our conversation before she cracked. Chest heaving, tears streaming, she reached for her husband Wayne's hand and then mine, squeezing as if she'd never let go. "I've almost had a nervous breakdown. It's been the worst thing that's ever happened to me," she sobbed as curious patrons at a Farmers Market coffee shop looked on, wondering what calamity had visited this poor woman who's an honest 6 feet tall, with hair as blond as the sun. Well, Christoffersen was a manager at El Coyote, the Beverly Boulevard landmark restaurant that's always had...
  • Warren: Nature Inclines Me To Have Sex With Every Beautiful Woman, But That Doesn't Make It Right

    12/19/2008 4:26:13 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 59 replies · 3,081+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Rick Warren had a surprisingly candid response to Ann Curry's question as to whether he would change his views on homosexuality if it were established that people are born gay. The pastor of the Saddleback Church, explaining why such a finding wouldn't cause him to change his position, observed that he is inclined to want to have sex with every beautiful woman he sees, but that that doesn't make it right. Curry interviewed Warren for a Dateline segment that will be aired tonight on NBC. As noteworthy as Warren's admission was the righteous liberal anger, captured in the screengrab, Curry...
  • Gay activists furious with Obama

    12/17/2008 4:31:58 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 68 replies · 2,802+ views
    Gay activists furious with Obama By: Ben Smith and Nia-Malika Henderson December 17, 2008 06:32 PM EST Barack Obama’s choice of a prominent evangelical minister to perform the invocation at his inauguration is a conciliatory gesture toward social conservatives who opposed him in November, but it is drawing fierce challenges from a gay rights movement that – in the wake of a gay marriage ban in California – is looking for a fight. Rick Warren, the senior pastor of Saddleback Church in southern California, opposes abortion rights but has taken more liberal stances on the government role in fighting poverty,...
  • A Response To Marc Shaiman's Musical Against Prop. 8 (Its Not Hate Alert)

    12/09/2008 10:04:24 AM PST · by goldstategop · 14 replies · 1,151+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 12/09/2008 | Dennis Prager
    Marc Shaiman, the Tony Award-winning composer of the film and stage musical “Hairspray,” has done the country a major, if inadvertent, service. He has composed a brief musical piece against California Proposition 8 that takes only three minutes to reveal the ignorance and hate that pervades so much anti-Proposition 8 activism. This short musical, viewed more than 2 million times on the Internet, features major Hollywood talents playing (through song) two groups on a beach -- gay men and women in beach clothes and a stuffy formally dressed church group composed of whites and blacks. Its message begins with a...
  • Legislative Grandstanding On Proposition 8 Insults Voters (ProtectMarriage.com News Update Alert)

    12/04/2008 9:21:33 AM PST · by goldstategop · 4 replies · 529+ views
    Protect Marriage.com ^ | 12/02/2008 | Frank Schubert
    Yes on Proposition 8 campaign today accused legislators of “grandstanding for the cameras” in an inappropriate and misguided publicity stunt designed to influence the California Supreme Court in the lead-up to the Court’s scheduled hearing on the validity of Proposition 8. “You’d think that these legislators would be focused on resolving the budget deficit or improving the economy. Instead, they seem more interested in grandstanding for the cameras and thumbing their noses at voters who enacted Proposition 8 by a nearly 600,000 vote margin,” said Ron Prentice, Chairman of ProtectMarriage.com – Yes on 8. “Sadly, with an approval rating hovering...
  • ‘Prop 8: The Musical’: All-Star Hollywood Cast Makes Video Mocking Gay Marriage Opponents

    12/03/2008 3:09:20 PM PST · by Chicos_Bail_Bonds · 25 replies · 1,559+ views
    BreitbartTV ^ | 12-3-08
    Saw this on Drudge today. Not sure what else to say. Put on your dancing shoes, it's time to sing.
  • Vatican attacked for opposing gay decriminalisation

    12/02/2008 8:45:44 AM PST · by NYer · 58 replies · 981+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 2, 2008 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Gay rights groups and newspaper editorials on Tuesday condemned the Vatican for its decision to oppose a proposed U.N. resolution calling on governments worldwide to de-criminalise homosexuality. The row erupted after the Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations told a French Catholic news agency the Holy See would oppose the resolution, which France is due to propose later this month on behalf of the 27-member European Union. Archbishop Celestino Migliore said the Vatican opposed the resolution because it would "add new categories of those protected from discrimination" and could lead to reverse discrimination...
  • Activists Target Mormons for Gay-Marriage Ban's Success in California

    12/01/2008 10:28:15 AM PST · by Stoat · 28 replies · 1,102+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 1, 2008
    In the nearly four weeks since Election Day, gay activists and thousands of their supporters have rallied outside Mormon temples around the country, protesting the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' support for California's Proposition 8, the ballot initiative to make same-sex marriage illegal in the Golden State.There have been calls to boycott the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah; some activists have called for a boycott of the entire state of Utah. Protesters have defaced some church buildings, and in Arapaho County, Colo., the Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible hate crime — the torching...
  • Australian government embroiled in homophobia row

    11/27/2008 8:17:11 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies · 652+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/27/2008 | Bonnie Malkin in Sydney
    The Australian government has been forced into an embarrassing u-turn after it emerged that two men it had appointed to promote men's health to the public had co-authored a book that labeled homosexuality as a "pathology". Barry Williams, president of the Lone Fathers Association, and Warwick Marsh, Fatherhood Foundation president, were among six men named earlier this week as role models for Australian males. The men were supposed to spearhead a health campaign to encourage Australian men to seek regular check ups for prostate cancer. However, both were later found to have been listed as co-authors and contributors to a...
  • Gay Marriage And Collective Lie (Harold Fickett Answers Andrew Sullivan Alert)

    11/26/2008 4:27:06 PM PST · by goldstategop · 25 replies · 1,266+ views
    Godspy.com ^ | 11/25/2008 | Harold Fickett
    The writer Andrew Sullivan sits across the table from you on Chris Matthews' Hardball praising gay-marriage as a symbol of the homosexual community's desire to join the mainstream. He is a Catholic, conservative in many things, and a highly articulate spokesman for his point-of-view. What do you say? The requisite conservative on pundit panels usually falls back on citing heterosexual marriage's 5,000 year history as society's basic building block. Marriage has always been between a man and a woman. 65% of the American people are against homosexual unions. Etc. That's not going to get it. It's a way of brushing...
  • Gay Marriage And The California Courts (On The Perils Of Judicial Activism Alert)

    11/25/2008 9:56:04 AM PST · by goldstategop · 15 replies · 760+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/25/2008 | William McGurn
    Left to their own devices, most Americans can work these differences out in politics much as they do in their everyday lives, as untidy as these solutions may be. Unfortunately, when the courts short-circuit this process, they do three things corrosive to our politics. First, they act as dishonest referees, imposing one set of preferences over another. Second, they cheat the American people of an honest political contest, where candidates need to persuade the people of their views to put them into effect. Ed Whelan, a former Justice Department official who now runs the D.C.-based Ethics and Public Policy Center,...
  • Defending Marriage (Good Perspective On Prop. 8 From A Catholic Deacon In Jamaica Alert)

    11/24/2008 8:28:40 PM PST · by goldstategop · 2 replies · 512+ views
    Jamaica Gleaner ^ | 11/24/2008 | The Rev. Peter Espeut
    I was interested to see that in the recent election exercise in the USA, although the Democratic Party won the presidency, and increased its majority in the Senate and the Congress, it lost ballots in three States which would have redefined the institution of marriage to include same-sex unions. In Arizona, Proposition 102 won by 56 per cent to 44 per cent; in Florida, Amendment 2 passed by 62.4 per cent to 37.6 per cent and in California, Proposition 8 passed by 52.2 per cent to 47.8 per cent in a hard-fought contest. In California, campaigns for and against Proposition...
  • Mormon aid to Prop. 8 investigated (Gestapo)

    11/24/2008 6:48:48 PM PST · by Drango · 156 replies · 2,603+ views
    SFGate ^ | 11/24/08 | na
    California officials are planning to investigate whether the Mormon church gave an accurate accounting of its role in the campaign that succeeded in getting a same-sex marriage ban approved in the state. The action by the California Fair Political Practices Commission came in response to a complaint filed two weeks ago by a gay rights activist. Fred Karger, founder of Californians Against Hate, accuses the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of failing to report the value of the work it did to support Proposition 8. Roman Porter, the agency's executive director, said Monday that the decision to open...
  • Why Proposition 8 Was A Victory For Liberty (A Libertarian Defense Of Traditional Marriage Alert)

    11/23/2008 8:07:33 PM PST · by goldstategop · 61 replies · 1,233+ views
    Culture11 ^ | 11/23/2008 | Mike Thomsen
    Proposition 8 was an unsung victory for defenders of individual liberty. Wait, I know what many people will say to this. How can a measure that prevents gay couples from getting a marriage license be beneficial to the defense of individual liberty? It's because that vote represented a line drawn in the sand, even if a thin one, preventing the government from furthering its control over the institution. As it currently stands, there is nothing short of the problem of finding a pastor, priest or rabbi who is willing to perform the marriage rite that is stopping most gay couples...
  • Why Hollywood is torn on Prop. 8 activism

    11/23/2008 4:38:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 1,411+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 23, 2008 | Rachel Abramowitz and Tina Daunt
    Should there be boycotts, blacklists, firings or de facto shunning of those who supported Proposition 8? That's the issue consuming many in liberal Hollywood who fought to defeat the initiative banning same-sex marriage and are now reeling with recrimination and dismay. Meanwhile, activists continue to comb donor lists and employ the Internet to expose those who donated money to support the ban. Already out is Scott Eckern, director of the nonprofit California Musical Theatre in Sacramento, who resigned after a flurry of complaints from prominent theater artists, including "Hairspray" composer Marc Shaiman, when word of his contribution to the Yes...
  • First Amendment loses ground to the 'Right to Never Be Dissed'

    11/23/2008 4:21:12 PM PST · by rhema · 15 replies · 951+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 11/20/2008 | Patrick McIlheran
    Just so we're clear, the ongoing gay rage after California's vote isn't about benefits. California's civil unions were materially indistinguishable from marriage. That state's Supreme Court said so when it ruled that this wasn't enough. Nor is it about having a family. Gay couples have those. Billboards around our town point this out. As one woman among the 200 protesters in downtown Milwaukee last weekend put it, "We want our family recognized." Which is to say it's not about gay people at all. It's about you. Their love isn't at issue. Your love for their love is. Employer benefits were...
  • Some Pastors Chose Not To Go To NAACP Dinner (Prop. 8 Backlash Brewing Alert)

    11/22/2008 9:35:54 AM PST · by goldstategop · 12 replies · 989+ views
    ABC News ^ | 11/21/2008 | Leslie Brinkley
    The emotion and strong-feelings on both sides of Proposition 8 divided leaders in the African-American community on Friday night. At the annual NAACP Banquet in San Francisco some pastors chose to boycott because of another's stance on same-sex marriage. "Seizing our moment of triumph" was the NAACP celebratory theme for this major fundraiser, but conversation often still centered on Proposition 8 and Rev. Amos Brown's much publicized stance to support same-sex marriage civil rights. "Tonight our national president, Ben Jealous, will be here to show he stands with us. And for the state president Alice Huffman to be here, to...
  • The Ugly Backlash Over Prop. 8 (The Liberal Media Will Never Get It Alert)

    11/22/2008 12:34:35 AM PST · by goldstategop · 40 replies · 2,274+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/21/2008 | John Diaz
    A supporter of Proposition 8, fed up with what he believed was the gay community's and "liberal media's" refusal to accept the voters' verdict, fired off a letter to the editor. "Please show respect for democracy," he wrote, in a letter we published. What he encountered instead was an utter lack of respect for free speech. Within hours, the intimidation game was on. Because his real name and city were listed - a condition for publication of letters to The Chronicle - opponents of Prop. 8 used Internet search engines to find the letter writer's small business, his Web site...
  • Gay Marriage Backers Explain Why They Lost Proposition 8 (It Was The Values, Stupid! Alert)

    11/20/2008 7:37:20 PM PST · by goldstategop · 31 replies · 1,160+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/20/2008 | Shelby Grad
    There's been a lot of outrage from the No on Proposition 8 camp since California voters approved a ban on gay marriage. But until now, there has been less soul searching about what went wrong. But Terry Leftgoff, founder of the Gay and Lesbian Business Assn. of Santa Barbara, has a thoughtful piece on WeHo News looking at how the opposition to Proposition 8 fell short. It did, he says, on several levels: A mixed message, failing to respond to attacks from Yes on 8 forces, little black and Latino outreach. A snippet: The No on 8 campaign began by...