Good As You: California Roundup

08/27/2012

Did a trial judge just open the door to CA marriages?

Chris Geidner brings us news that might have just opened marriage to millions: The trial court judge in California who has taken over hearing the federal court case challenging Proposition 8, the state's amendment limiting marriages to one man and...

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12/27/2011

Reinvigorated Stop SB48 crowd play acts, calls it a 'class act'

Those pro-"ex-gay" voices who are trying to roll back accurate and inclusive teaching in California schools have announced a novel new name for the same exact campaign that failed back in the fall. A "class act," they are calling this...

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12/08/2011

@TheProp8trial (even if you can't be)

Another step in the ongoing Prop 8 federal trial begins today at 2:30PM Pacific time (5:30 Eastern), with a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals hearing oral arguments pertaining to our side's efforts to release video of...

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11/17/2011

'Stop SB48' crowd gears up to waste more time, money, good will

Looks like the failed "Stop SB48" crowd is gearing up for another attempt to stop inclusive teaching in California public schools. This is paperwork that Christian Coalition of California state Chairman Richard Rios has filed with California Attorney General's office:...

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10/06/2011

Audio: CA Assemblywoman Shannon Grove vs 'forced and required homosexual and transgender education'

(Via G-A-Y pal Josh Cohen) *** *NOTE: The call originates not from California, but rather from the D.C. number 202-505-5295. Here's an entire thread of people who are annoyed by the calls.

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09/07/2011

Stock questions for the 'Stop SB48' campaign

FACT: The campaign to overturn LGBT-inclusive education in California schools is clearly a controversial effort. FACT: As per usual with anti-equality campaigns, this "Stop SB48" effort is using a stock photo family to represent actual California citizens: FACT: This stock...

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07/22/2011

CA anti-equality crowd launches StopSB48.com; lifting kids in air apparently crucial to success

A California anti-equality coalition, made up of many who also worked on Prop 8, have launched a new site in hopes of building momentum for a repeal of the state's recently signed FAIR Education law: [StopSB48.com] Okay, for starters: I...

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07/18/2011

Video: 'Fudgepacking 101'

Another completely measured and nuanced take on California's FAIR Education Act: "What's next, polygamist history is schools? People who like to have sex with chickens histories in schools? Fudge packing 101" Hmm. Personally I'm far more concerned with California teens...

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07/15/2011

SaveCalifornia.com vs. FairInclusvity.edu

Describing himself as "one of California 's top opponents of placing 'LGBT' personages in school textbooks" (one must have goals), SaveCalifornia.com's reliably boundless Randy Thomasson is responding to Gov. Brown's signing of the FAIR Education Act -- responding with a...

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07/07/2011

No, what we're saying is we'll push 'normative' view *REGARDLESS* of marriage bans!

You surely know that California voters halted same-sex marriage in November of 2008. A little thing called Prop 8? Remember that lovely little vote? Keep it in mind, as we'll be coming back to it. So now here in 2011,...

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05/03/2011

CWA of CA out to save lost ground; weird, we thought they'd wait until Prop 8's inevitable overturning

Concerned Women For America: Always the victimized bridesmaids, never the responsible owners of the actions they perpetuate against certain kinds of brides: [SOURCE] No -- more!

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03/01/2011

CA: AG Harris all about some Spring weddings

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is either particularly principled, or she has a hot new dress that she desperately wants to wear to her buddy's gay wedding: California's attorney general has asked a federal appeals court to allow gay marriages...

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02/16/2011

Today we marriage watchers again look West

The California Supreme Court will decide Wednesday whether to plunge back into the legal battle over same-sex marriage. The state high court, meeting in closed session, will review a request by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to determine...

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11/03/2010

NOM effort Panned: 'Yes on 8' attorney Pugno loses race

Bright spot from last night: The National Organization For Marriage's most prominently backed candidate for California state Assembly, Prop 8 general counsel Andy Pugno, was defeated by his pro-LGBT Democratic opponent, Richard Pan: Assembly Results [Sac bee] It's but a...

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10/18/2010

For NOM and Andy Pugno, anti-equality is still king (&king)

Andy Pugno -- general counsel for Proposition 8's "Protect Marriage" coalition and sayer of things like, "there is no doubt that re-defining marriage to include homosexual relationships would ipso facto divorce the institution itself from its fundamental, biological foundation" --...

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10/06/2010

Video: NOM adopts non-native tongue, keeps equality-spuning taste buds

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09/24/2010

NOM's rights-depriving wheels are always spinning

Another National Organization for Marriage-sponsored, stock photo-laden bus tour? REALLY?! Believe it! This time the NOM affiliate bus is embarking on a tour meant to rally Latino/a voters for Carly Fiorina's Senate bid: "Vote Your Values" 'Vota Tus Valores" The...

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09/22/2010

Video: EQCA takes off gloves, takes on costly candidacies

These are on the Net now (obviously), hitting regular ol' TV Monday in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and Palm Springs: [EQCA]

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09/21/2010

Today at 2PM: Schmooze with Steve Pougnet

At 2:15PM (ET), all eyes are going to be on the Senate's Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal vote. But immediately before, at 2PM sharp, join this site, AMERICABlog, Pam's House Blend, Bilerico Project, and Open Left, as we host a...

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09/09/2010

Dacus right about it all being a game, wrong about who's offside

This is the Pacific Justice Institute's Brad Dacus, responding to his organization's defeated attempt to force Attorney General Jerry Brown and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to defend Prop 8: “People on the left and right should both be mourning the fact...

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09/08/2010

'Not appealing': Both Jerry Brown and history's Prop 8 viewpoint

CA AG's Office: Prop 8 Appeal "Would Be Frivolous" [Poliglot] ***UPDATE: Latest: Nobody's gonna forcibly tie Brown, Schwarzenegger to an appeals court chair [G-A-Y]

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09/02/2010

Video: So if Boxer used unconstitutional means to win, would 'the people' have spoken then too?

Carly Fiorina courts the evangelicals on the Christian Broadcasting Network: "Well the people of California have spoken very clearly on this issue. Fortunately, the decision by a single judge, is the first in what will be a long, multi-step legal...

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Video: In audition for role of Boxer, Carly uses Prop

Carly Fiorina (R) wants to take Barbara Boxer's (D) U.S. Senate seat. A seat that would force gays to seat their own behinds in the back of society's bus: Boxer is a lock-solid vote against DOMA, not to mention any...

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08/31/2010

PJI seeks strong arm to crunch staunch spines

The Pacific Justice Institute, in a naked attempt to remedy the matter of whether the Proposition 8 proponents even have standing to file their 9th Circuit appeal, is trying to force California's Attorney General and Governor to step in and...

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08/19/2010

TO DO: Watch openly gay dad ask Republican why she voted against his right to serve openly

Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R) recently raised gay eyebrows when she voted against Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal. She also refused to take a position on Prop 8 even as it was being hotly debated in her own state, and...

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08/06/2010

Video: 'I just love how she makes the co-equal judicial branch of our government, set up by our beloved founding fathers, sound like a Communist plot

Californigaytion [Daily Show] **SEE ALSO: Colbert's equally brilliant take

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08/04/2010

Today = a warm equality sundae. Now to put a Jerry on top

"In striking down Proposition 8, Judge Walker came to the same conclusion I did when I declined to defend it: Proposition 8 violates the equal protection guarantee of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution by taking away the...

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06/22/2010

A Maggie Gallagher tweet, or did Jerry Brown just release 1st LGBT-centric campaign ad? You decide

Okay, we won't leave you guessing: Maggie Gallagher tweeted this last night: [SOURCE] But we say the Brown campaign should totally use it in an ad. It's instant flypaper for pro-equality votes, zero cost.

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06/09/2010

CA AG race: Anti-equality establishment fails to seize NOMination

Another bright spot from yesterday's California primary: John Eastman, the candidate who earned aggressive backing/fundraising from the National Organization For Marriage and other Prop 8 figures (and who even printed NOM emails on his own site), lost out to moderate...

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Pugno campaign PROP-a-g8s forward

Andy Pugno -- general counsel for Proposition 8's "Protect Marriage" coalition and sayer of things like, "there is no doubt that re-defining marriage to include homosexual relationships would ipso facto divorce the institution itself from its fundamental, biological foundation" --...

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Better Votes Yesterday

You know that "Better Courts Now" initiative in the San Diego area? The one meant to replace judge's gavels with "Yes on Prop 8" signs? Yea, well: It bit it, big time: Four incumbent judges were headed to easy victories...

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06/07/2010

CA District 5: If ripping out gays' souls and slicing them into tiny pieces is an Assembly qualification, vote for Andy Pugno

It's not only the California courts that anti-LGBT social conservatives are hoping to sway in tomorrow's California primary. In the state's capital city, one of Proposition 8's most prominent and outspoken figureheads is vying for an Assembly seat. Oh, and...

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05/04/2010

Because even dead honorees become hyper-partisan debates

An official in Bakersfield, California's Kern High School District, who also happens to be running for state assembly as a conservative, is pushing a ridiculous new end-run around the honoring of Harvey Milk's legacy: Trustee Ken Mettler, who is also...

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04/27/2010

Good news, swine flu: CA 'gay cure' labs may soon be freed for actual ailments

And now in "because our sexuality is not just a bad case of indigestion" news: The California Assembly has passed Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal's bill (AB 2199) designed to repeal that section of the California Welfare and Institutions code that, unbelievably...

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04/14/2010

Video: Campbell's alphabet soup: Now with both a N-O-M and a G-O-P-R-O-U-D

When we received a press release from the gay conservatives at GOProud reading "Don't Let California get Dede'd" (as in Scozzafava), we were actually pleased. For we thought that they were going to be resisting the National Organization For Marriage's...

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03/15/2010

Replacing the gavel with a cross and other 'better court' goals

Charles LiMandri (NOM and Carrie Prejean's attorney) is a man who's on visual record sharing his belief that gays are typically abused as kids, that drawing pictures of army tanks could possibly turn gay kids "normal," that LGBT folks have...

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Video: NOM 'peas' on CA's leg, tells them it's raining

The Washington D.C.- and Princeton, NJ-based National Organization For Marriage wants to tell Californians how to vote in the Republican primary/general election: Weird, we always thought peas were a good thing. When exactly did we start placing a premium on...

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03/04/2010

Video: Tale as old as time...

Good Day LA [FOX LA]

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03/02/2010

Whitman's sampler: Yes on gay families, no on the easiest way to legally protect the same

If you've ever wondered why there are so many inauthenticities on eBay, perhaps you should look no further than the company's former head: Asked to reconcile her stance against same-sex marriage with her willingness to allow gays and lesbians to...

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02/22/2010

Time to close the lab, CA

It's mostly unacknowledged, and obviously not followed. But even so, California Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) is working to remove a four-decades-old call for a gay "cure" that's still in California's Welfare and Institutions Code: [Assembly Bill 2199's] targeted section,...

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01/11/2010

They wanna forcibly cast us on "Divorce Court', yet we're the ones misusing cameras?!

You really have to wonder about a lawyer who claims that the "majority always rules," without making any note of the courts' role in protecting minority rights: You also have to wonder why Brian Brown and Co. are so hellbent...

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01/06/2010

The revolting amendment trial will [kinda, sorta] be televised

A mixed bag for those hoping to watch live proceedings of the federal Prop 8 trial (which starts next Monday). Judge Vaughn Walker has declined a live telecast of the shindig. However, there will most likely be a day-old webcast:...

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12/10/2009

Another Californian, another Speaker milestone

It should be inconsequential. But in a world at "culture war," we pause to recognize another first for our tribe: It’s official. The California Democratic Caucus just announced that they voted unanimously to support Assemblymember John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles)...

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12/01/2009

Video: 'Till Prop 8 do we part

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11/30/2009

8 - '10 = Negative 2 everyone

It's been a year and change since California voters ushered in the Prop 8 error. It looks ever-more-likely that these same state voters are going to have wait an even longer period of time before they get the chance to...

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10/12/2009

While we weren't looking, did Schwarzenegger do something great?

So far we've seen no official confirmation. But considering Alice Kessler from Equality California is plugged into the know, we're gonna trust this tweet: @alice4eqca [Twitter] Whoa. If true (and again, we have no reason to doubt), this would mean...

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09/16/2009

Audio: These people don't want us to be happy. Period.

Q. What is one of the Prop 8 proponents' big strategies for keeping the hurtful, discriminatory measure on the books? A. Hoping that the 18,000 gay couples who did manage to get married during the state's open window will find...

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09/08/2009

Why should Sonja have a cow when she can get the 'Milk' for free?

It's one thing for our opposition to oppose California's Harvey Milk Day bill. It's quite another for them to outright lie in the name of political opportunism. This claim comes from Focus on the Family's Citizenlink: Prop 8 spokeswoman Sonja...

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08/19/2009

Prop 8 fed suit won't have a clusterf*ck of counsel

Some of the LGBT community's big groups have been denied in their request to interview in the Boise/Olsen federal marriage equality suit. Law Dork brings us the following: The news today has come from San Francisco that U.S. District Judge...

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Boise & Olson appear at hearing; Those who need to hear it most appear to hold fingers in ears

This morning in San Francisco, there will be a hearing in regards to Theodore Olson and David Boise's federal challenge to that nasty historical skidmark known as Prop 8. All details can be found below: HEARING ON FEDERAL PROP. 8...

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