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  • 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...
  • Official Interveners Brief (Proposition 8 Proponents Brief Alert)

    12/24/2008 12:49:22 AM PST · by goldstategop · 5 replies · 576+ views
    Courtinfo.ca.gov ^ | 12/18/2008 | Kenneth Starr et al.
    Case No. 8168047 IN THE Supreme Court of the State of California KAREN 1. STRAUSS et al., Petitioners, v. MARK B. HORTON, as State Registrar of Vital Statistics, etc., et al., Respondents; DENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH et al., Interveners. INTERVENERS' OPPOSITION BRIEF KENNETH W. STARR (Bar No. 58382) 24569 Via De Casa Malibu, CA 90265-3205 Telephone: (310) 506-4621 Facsimile: (310) 506-4266 ANDREW P. PUGNO (Bar No. 206587) LAW OFFICES OF ANDREW P. PUGNO 101 Parkshore Dr Ste 100 Folsom, CA 95630-4726 Telephone: (916) 608-3065 Facsimile: (916) 608-3066 Email: andrew@pugnolaw.com Attorneys for Interveners TABLE OF CONTENTS TABLE OF AUTHORITIES iii ISSUES PRESENTED 1...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Proposition 8 In Perspective (What You Didn't Know About Proposition 8 Alert)

    12/17/2008 10:02:57 AM PST · by goldstategop · 3 replies · 577+ views
    Red County ^ | 12/16/2008 | NA
    According to the official Statement of the Vote released by the Secretary of State. Proposition 8 passed by a margin of 52.3% to 47.7%. Here are some additional facts: # Prop. 8 received 2,150,000 more votes than did Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was reelected in 2006 # Prop. 8 received nearly 2 million more votes than Dianne Feinstein did when she was reelected to the US Senate in 2006 # Prop. 8 received 250,000 more votes than did John Kerry when he carried California in 2004 # Prop. 8 received 45,000 more votes than did Barbara Boxer in her landslide...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • “Same Sex Marriage” and Its Threat to Religious Liberty

    12/01/2008 7:06:11 AM PST · by Publius804 · 29 replies · 1,004+ views
    catholicexchange.com ^ | November 29th, 2008 | Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse
    “Same Sex Marriage” and Its Threat to Religious Liberty November 29th, 2008 by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse Tactics used by gay marriage campaigners confirm believers’ worst fears. As wildfires blazed in California last week, anger at the outcome of the state’s referendum on marriage blazed across the country. After a hard-fought campaign over Proposition 8, which defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman, a clear majority of California voters endorsed it, and the gay marriage lobby was enraged. Now, as same sex marriage campaigners take the issue back to the courts, it is unclear what the...
  • 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...
  • SIGN THIS PETITION IN SUPPPORT OF THE LDS CHURCH (THANK THEM FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF PROP. 8!)

    11/25/2008 10:05:55 PM PST · by goldstategop · 502+ views
    Above The Hate ^ | 11/15/2008 | Above The Hate Open Letter
    Above the Hate.com Letter Against Hate to President Monson November 15, 2008 President Thomas S. Monson Office of the First Presidency Church Administration Building 47 East South Temple Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 Dear President Monson: We write firstly to express our deep gratitude to you and the entire LDS community for the large and impressive contributions of your church and its members in protecting marriage in California and Arizona. Anyone who participated in this process has come to admire the competence, diligence and moral courage that so many members of your faith community displayed as part of this coalition...
  • Online Petition Thanks LDS Church For Prop. 8 Support (Mormons Backed By Social Conservatives Alert)

    11/25/2008 9:47:13 PM PST · by goldstategop · 83 replies · 3,054+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 11/25/2008 | Peggy Fletcher Stack
    More than 3,000 people, including longtime Mormon critic James Dobson of Focus on the Family, have signed an online petition thanking the LDS Church for its efforts on behalf of California's traditional marriage initiative known as Proposition 8. "Anyone who participated in this process has come to admire the competence, diligence and moral courage that so many members of your faith community displayed as part of this coalition effort -- as Catholics, Evangelicals, Mormons and people of other faith communities all came together to fight this great battle for marriage," says the petition, which is addressed to LDS President Thomas...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Freep This Petition To Demand Gov. Schwarzenegger Uphold Proposition 8!

    11/21/2008 5:14:19 PM PST · by goldstategop · 7 replies · 671+ views
    Family Leader Network ^ | 11/17/2008 | NA
    Proposition 8: Governor Schwarzenegger Respect the Voter's Will If you are a California citizen, please act immediately to sign this petition to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who is urging the California Supreme Court to overthrow the results of the recent free and fair election which passed Proposition 8, defining marriage as between a man and a woman. His actions as governor in attempting to negate this vote are an insult to the voters of California and undermine the rule of law. We will deliver this letter with your signatures to his office as a means of saying that the voices of...
  • 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...
  • The Courts And Prop. 8 (The Dog Trainer's Diatribe Against Traditional Marriage Supporters Alert)

    11/19/2008 11:29:08 PM PST · by goldstategop · 22 replies · 1,119+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/20/2008 | Los Angeles Times Masthead Editorial
    Although we too will welcome the day that Proposition 8 is consigned to history and the right to same-sex marriage is restored to Californians, we are sorry to see that the court agreed to take the cases directly, rather than letting this issue percolate up through the lower courts. We see no reason for the haste, despite the intensity of emotion roused by the measure's defeat.In fact, that very heatedness is a reason for the court to move slowly, allowing it to rule under cooler circumstances. Similarly, painful though it is to see Proposition 8 take effect, we agree with...
  • Prop. 8 Gay Marriage Ban Goes To The Supreme Court (Note The Bias Alert)

    11/19/2008 11:12:12 PM PST · by goldstategop · 7 replies · 531+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/20/2008 | Maura Dolan and Jessica Garrison
    The California Supreme Court voted 6 to 1 on Wednesday to review legal challenges to Proposition 8, the voter initiative that restored a ban on same-sex marriage, but refused to permit gay weddings to resume pending a final decision. The court may hold a hearing on the lawsuits as early as March, a timetable that scholars said was swift considering the complexity and importance of the legal issues. The court's action, taken during a closed conference, suggested that the court wants to resolve all of the legal issues surrounding Proposition 8, including the fate of existing gay marriages, in a...
  • Top Court In California Will Review Proposition 8 (New York Times Sounds Disappointed Alert)

    11/19/2008 7:39:55 PM PST · by goldstategop · 28 replies · 1,149+ views
    New York Times ^ | 11/20/2008 | Jesse McKinley
    Responding to pleas for legal clarity from those on both sides of the issue, the California Supreme Court said Wednesday that it would take up the case of whether a voter-approved ban on same-sex unions was constitutional. The court, however, stopped short of suspending the ban, which California voters passed as Proposition 8 two weeks ago after an expensive and hard-fought campaign.
  • Calif. Supreme Court to Take up Gay Marriage Ban

    11/19/2008 6:12:15 PM PST · by XHogPilot · 16 replies · 739+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 19 Nov, 2008 | Lisa Leff
    SAN FRANCISCO – California's highest court agreed Wednesday to hear several legal challenges to the state's new ban on same-sex marriage but refused to allow gay couples to resume marrying before it rules. The California Supreme Court accepted three lawsuits seeking to nullify Proposition 8, a voter-approved constitutional amendment that overruled the court's decision in May that legalized gay marriage. All three cases claim the measure abridges the civil rights of a vulnerable minority group. They argue that voters alone did not have the authority to enact such a significant constitutional change.read entire article here
  • Proponents Of Proposition 8 Gratified With Supreme Court Rulings... (Prop. 8 News Update Alert)

    11/19/2008 5:20:21 PM PST · by goldstategop · 21 replies · 1,806+ views
    Protect Marriage.com ^ | 11/19/2008 | NA
    The official proponents of Proposition 8 and ProtectMarriage.com – Yes on 8, the campaign committee responsible for its enactment by voters today said it is “profoundly gratified” that the California Supreme Court granted all their requests by agreeing to accept original jurisdiction of three cases challenging the measure’s validity, granted their request to intervene in the cases as Real Parties in Interest, denied the request of others to delay implementation of Proposition 8, and refused to allow outside groups to directly participate in the litigation. “This is a great day for the rule of law and the voters of California,”...
  • Prop. 8 Gay Marriage Ban Goes To Supreme Court (Hearing Next Year. Prop. 8 Remains In Effect Alert)

    11/19/2008 2:56:03 PM PST · by goldstategop · 57 replies · 3,400+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/19/2008 | Maura Dolan
    he California Supreme Court agreed today to review legal challenges to Prop. 8, the voter initiative that restored a ban on same-sex marriage, but refused to permit gay weddings to resume pending a ruling. Meeting in closed session, the state high court asked litigants on both sides for more written arguments and scheduled a hearing for next March. The court also signaled its intention to decide the fate of existing same-sex marriages, asking litigants to argue that question. Today's decision to review the lawsuits against Proposition 8 did not reveal how the court was leaning. The court could have dismissed...
  • What The Times Forgot to Mention about California’s Marriage Amendment

    11/19/2008 11:32:23 AM PST · by AIM Freeper · 20 replies · 2,091+ views
    Boycott The New York Times ^ | November 18, 2008 | Don Feder
    An article in The New York Times reports that Attorney General Jerry Brown has asked the state’s Supreme Court to rule on the legality of a voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. “The central argument in the recently filed lawsuits is that Proposition 8 is a significant enough revision to the State Constitution to require approval by the legislature,” the article stated. It also noted that the passage of Proposition 8 “has prompted protests across the country.” Here’s what the paper that makes all the news fit its agenda forgot to mention:...
  • All Eyes on SF Court Today for Prop. 8 Decision

    11/19/2008 11:10:29 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies · 1,070+ views
    NBC11 ^ | Wed, Nov 19, 2008
    Wednesday could be a big day in the fight over Proposition 8, a ban on same-sex marriage in California that voters approved Nov. 4. That's when the California Supreme Court could decide whether to review several lawsuits filed by Prop 8 opponents. The groups claim the ballot measure is unconstitutional. The court could also issue a stay on Prop 8 while it decides. That would allow same-sex marriages to resume until a final ruling is made on the lawsuits. Four Bay Area counties are the latest to join the legal fight to try to stop state Proposition 8. The Board...
  • Misguided Activism (Proposition 8 Protesters Undermine Their Own Cause Alert)

    11/19/2008 10:38:13 AM PST · by goldstategop · 17 replies · 775+ views
    Protect Marriage.com ^ | 11/19/2008 | Lucy M Caldwell
    Elation over Barack Obama’s victory two weeks ago was dampened by less good news for left-leaning voters, as same-sex marriage bans passed in Arizona, California, and Florida. For many gay activists, the new bans in Arizona and California were particularly disheartening, given that Arizona voted down a similar ban two years ago and that California has been allowing same-sex marriage since this summer. Over 40 states have now passed bans on gay marriage, leaving Connecticut and Massachusetts as the sole states allowing the practice. Proponents of gay marriage have been quick to respond to this setback. In recent days, an...
  • San Francisco City Hall Examiner: Prop. 8 Lawsuit Update And Predictions (Funny Comments Alert)

    11/19/2008 10:20:11 AM PST · by goldstategop · 6 replies · 972+ views
    San Francisco City Hall Examiner ^ | 11/18/2008 | Melissa Griffin
    d) Equal Rights Advocates and California Women's Law Center - These (fellow) wimmins libbers argue that, if the process that brought us Prop 8 is legitimized, women stand a distinct chance of being harmed by whatever rights some unholy alliance of self-loathing chicks and unattractive men want take away from women as a group. They point out that the 1879 California State Constitution prohibited Chinese people from voting. e) Asian Pacific American Legal Center, et al. - This petition was filed by a group of organizations dedicated to the protection of the rights of minorities - including the NAACP. As...
  • Conservative Court Faces Pressure On All Sides Of Proposition 8 Issue (ROFLMAO Alert)

    11/18/2008 8:22:44 PM PST · by goldstategop · 20 replies · 872+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/18/2008 | Maura Dolan
    Six months ago, California's highest court discarded its reputation for caution and ended the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Now the moderately conservative state Supreme Court is being asked to take an even riskier step -- to overturn the November voter initiative that reinstated the marriage ban and possibly provoke a voter revolt that could eject one or more of the justices from the bench. The court is under intense pressure from all sides. Its first response to the challenges may come today, when the justices meet privately in a weekly conference to decide which cases to accept for review....
  • As We See It: Proposition 8 Reaction Risks Backlash (Gay Extremism May Alienate Moderates Alert)

    11/18/2008 6:23:14 PM PST · by goldstategop · 24 replies · 937+ views
    Mercury News Masthead Editorial ^ | 11/18/2008 | Mercury News
    As reaction to the vote on Proposition 8 continues, reasonable people have a right to ask whether some of the tactics of same-sex marriage supporters will provoke another backlash. People are free to protest, but at best, or worst depending on how you see this volatile issue, gay-rights supporters who are engaging in some questionable tactics risk alienating people in the middle who may have been considering changing their positions. The positions of both sides are more than clear. Gay-rights advocates not only want California courts to toss out the Yes on 8 vote from the Nov. 4 election, but...
  • On Prop. 8 Supreme Court Must Walk A Fine Line (Crocodiles Swimming In The Bathtub Alert)

    11/18/2008 12:52:20 PM PST · by goldstategop · 25 replies · 932+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/18/2008 | Maura Dolan
    The California Supreme Court is being asked by Proposition 8 backers to do something extreme -– to overturn the will of voters who earlier this month banned gay marriage. It’s a choice fraught with potential political ramifications for the justices -- including threats of recall. “It is a time of lots of crocodiles in the bathtub,” said Santa Clara University law professor Gerald Uelmen, who has followed the court for decades. "Their oath requires them to ignore these kinds of political threats. But the threat of having to face a contested election is a significant one.”
  • Proponents Of Proposition 8 Urge California Supreme Court To Hear Challenges To Measure's Validity

    11/17/2008 4:42:54 PM PST · by goldstategop · 24 replies · 854+ views
    Protect Marriage.com ^ | 11/17/2008 | NA
    The official proponents of Proposition 8 and the campaign committee responsible for its enactment by voters today urged the California Supreme Court to accept original jurisdiction of three cases challenging the measure's validity and have petitioned the Supreme Court to intervene in the cases as Real Parties in Interest. Expressing confidence that the Supreme Court will uphold the validity of Proposition 8, the authors of the measure urged the Supreme Court to deny requests to stay implementation of Proposition 8 pending resolution of the legal issues. In calling for the Supreme Court to take original jurisdiction of three challenges to...
  • If Democracy Doesn't Work, Try Anarchy (Chuck Norris Lambasts Radical Gay Extremists Alert)

    11/16/2008 11:03:44 PM PST · by goldstategop · 25 replies · 1,237+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 11/17/2008 | Chuck Norris
    Political protests are one thing, but when old-fashioned bullying techniques that prompt fear of safety are used, activists have crossed a line. There is a difference between respectful dissent and advocacy for one's civil rights and demanding public endorsement of what many still consider "unnatural sexual behavior" through hate language and fear tactics. One thing is for sure: The days of peaceful marches like those headed up by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. seem to be long gone. The truth is that the great majority of Prop 8 advocates are not bigots or hatemongers. They are American citizens who are...
  • Prop. 8 Supporter Speaks Out At March (Note Screaming Wingnut In Article Alert)

    11/16/2008 1:17:19 PM PST · by goldstategop · 13 replies · 988+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 11/16/2008 | Alexa Capeloto
    The march to protest Proposition 8 is continuing to wind its way downtown, and marchers got louder as they passed a cluster of three people holding "Yes on 8" signs. One of those holding the signs, David Cruz, said he wanted to remind marchers that the majority of voters have spoken by the passage of Prop. 8 in the Nov. 4 election. "They are not going to overturn the will of the majority,"said Cruz, 34, a College Area resident. Just then, marcher David Gonzales pushed toward Cruz, screaming that he was a disgrace. March volunteers kept them separated and Gonzales...
  • Playing the Race Card on Gay Marriage

    11/15/2008 9:25:52 AM PST · by dbz77 · 15 replies · 1,052+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | November 13, 2008 | Jeff Jacoby
    Playing the race card on gay marriage By Jeff Jacoby http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It has been widely noted that black voters put California's Proposition 8 over the top last week, with nearly 7 out of 10 voting in favor of the constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. As the magnitude of black opposition to same-sex marriage became clear on Election Day, blogger Andrew Sullivan, a prominent gay-marriage champion, reacted bitterly: "Every ethnic group supported marriage equality," he wrote, "except African-Americans, who voted overwhelmingly against extending to gay people the civil rights once denied them."...
  • Prop 8 Proponents Speak Out Against Attacks (People Of Faith Will Not Be Silenced Alert)

    11/15/2008 3:32:25 AM PST · by goldstategop · 44 replies · 1,456+ views
    Protect Marriage.com ^ | 11/14/2008 | NA
    Today, leaders representing the broad coalition of Californians who supported Proposition 8 called on leaders of the No on Proposition 8 campaign, in addition to Senator Diane Feinstein and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, to denounce the attacks against citizens who supported the constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. "Amidst all this lawlessness, harassment, trampling of civil rights and now domestic terrorism, one thing stands out: the deafening silence of our elected officials. Not a single elected leader has spoken out against what is happening. Where is Governor Arnold Schwarzenengger while churches are being attacked? And where...
  • Prop. 8 Foes Lay The Groundwork For Future Defeats (Queerly Beloved Hoist On Own Petard Alert)

    11/14/2008 6:48:55 PM PST · by goldstategop · 46 replies · 1,403+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 11/14/2008 | Chris Reed
    As I have written before, I opposed both 2000's Proposition 22 and this year's Proposition 8 because I believe gays should have the same marriage rights as heterosexuals. I also understand the deep frustration that Prop. 8 foes must feel over its passage after months of polls showed it going down to defeat. But the way this frustration is manifesting itself in increasingly nasty recriminations against Prop. 8 supporters only invites future electoral failure. We're in the second week of news cycles in this state featuring stories that make 8's foes look like bullies -- the L.A. TV news stories...
  • ProtectMarriage.com Disappointed In LA Supervisors Vote; Confident Prop 8 Will Be Upheld

    11/13/2008 3:43:27 PM PST · by goldstategop · 15 replies · 538+ views
    Protect Marriage.com ^ | 11/12/2008 | NA
    ProtectMarriage.com was disappointed to hear that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has disregarded the will of the people of Los Angeles and the rest of the state by voting to join a lawsuit filed by the City of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Clara county challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8. “This is a legal issue for the court to decide,” said Andy Pugno, ProtectMarriage.com attorney. “It doesn’t matter how many politicians line up to ask the court to overturn Prop 8. What matters is that the majority of the voters approved Proposition 8, regardless of opposition...
  • Statement Of Ron Prentice - Chairman, ProtectMarriage.com - YES ON 8 (Prop. 8 News Update Alert)

    11/13/2008 3:35:55 PM PST · by goldstategop · 1 replies · 360+ views
    Protect Marriage.com ^ | 11/12/2008 | Ron Prentice
    In last Tuesday’s election, the people of California placed the traditional definition of marriage into the state Constitution. This victory would not have been possible without the support of our 70,000 contributors and over 100,000 dedicated volunteers. It was accomplished with the strong participation of about 80% of California voters, or nearly 14 million people participating in this expression of the People’s will. It is the same process that resulted in the historic election of Barack Obama as President of the United States – with about the same percentage of the national vote as received by Proposition 8 in California....
  • Marriage Moves Voters (The Nonpartisan Issue Of The 2008 Election Alert)

    11/07/2008 7:24:57 PM PST · by goldstategop · 6 replies · 597+ views
    National Review ^ | 11/7/2008 | William C. Duncan
    Marriage Moves Voters Extending constitutional protection to traditional marriage is hardly a narrow partisan affair. By William C. Duncan Beyond their practical effects, the very fact that 30 states have amended their constitutions to protect the definition of marriage in just over a decade is remarkable. This week, Arizona, California, and Florida joined the 27 states with existing marriage amendments. The most interesting campaign was in California where voter approval of Proposition 8 reversed a May decision of the California Supreme Court. That decision had purported to discover a previously unknown mandate to redefine marriage as the union of any...