Good As You: California Roundup

08/14/2009

A Prentice, meet your master

In regards to marriage equality in California, and when fairness advocates can hope to win it back at the polls, Ron Prentice, the executive director of the so-called California Family Council, says the following: "The best chance they had was...

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07/27/2009

2010 or 2012: Which vision is 20/20?

This weekend, New York Times writer Jesse McKinley looked at the current debate about whether California's equality advocates should go back to the polls in '10 or '12. Here's a snip: Earlier this year, many supporters of same-sex marriage seemed...

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Video: Small town, gay bar

This report comes from Marie Cunningham, Fellow at USC Annenberg School of Journalism: Flawed health stats culled from the Book of Paul (Cameron)? Locals suggesting that gays should go back in their closets? A unanimous city council vote in support...

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07/22/2009

Dietary warning: Candi's empty calories leave no room for Milk

Focus on the Family's Candi Cushman has highlighted five key bullet points for why she claims to oppose SB 572, a California bill that would require the state's governor to proclaim May 22 of each year as Harvey Milk Day,...

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07/20/2009

Photo: Faith-based repentance we can get behind

Spotted this weekend in San Diego: One down. An ungodly number more to go. *More photos and firsthand accounts: San Diego Gay Pride 2009 [OB Rag] (H/t: Dan Aiello)

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07/09/2009

Well he's already stunted the judiciary -- why not the legislature?

When your career has been defined by stripping away the civil equality of your fellow citizens, what do you do for a second act? Well if you're Andrew Pugno, anti-gay attorney and author/supporter/defender of Prop 8, you make a bid...

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Gay Leno still starring on 'The Do Right Show'

The California legislature's biggest gay rights champion, Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Fran), is again chipping away at the unrighteous bias that has besmirched his state's good name: The California Legislature is getting back into the Proposition 8 fight with a...

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06/28/2009

While we were away: Brown forced to waste more time on should-be no-brainer

On 6/11, California Attorney General Jerry Brown pushed for Prop 8 to remain in effect while the case makes its way through federal court: In written arguments filed late Thursday, Brown said permitting gays to marry before appeals in the...

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06/05/2009

'10: No sure indication that we'll see our vindication

On the question of marriage, would we win in California if we hit the 2010 voting booths? Well, a recently released leaked poll that was commissioned by our side suggests a tough fight: Overall, the [Polling 4 Equality-commissioned poll] shows...

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06/03/2009

Video: Protect (accurate assessments of) marriage

Short. Simple. To the point. And most importantly: Right: Indeed. Let's take back "protection" and apply it in a way that could truly make a difference! NBC Bay Area (H/t: The New Civil Rights Movement)

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06/01/2009

Video: A 'Meetin' Prop 8 foes' kind of scene

We couldn't make it to Fresno for the Meet in the Middle event. Fortunately, prolific YouTuber Sean Chapin could: Unfortunately, those who most need to see/hear this refuse to meet us anywhere other than the furthest reaches of the right....

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05/29/2009

CT has marriage equality. C.T. wants same for CA

Attention boys and girls: Actress Charlize Theron has requested to meet with you this Saturday: Dear Courage Member-- We need to meet. All of us. At 1 p.m. this Saturday, May 30. In Fresno, the heartland of California. Four days...

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05/27/2009

Video: Your support's nice, governor. Your pen stroke would've been better

Arnold Scharzenegger had the the chance to sign a marriage equality bill. Twice. Both times, he forfeited the opportunity to step up and become a civil rights hero. But even though the California governor passed up his own moment to...

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05/26/2009

But what they really mean to say is 'we don't care for gay people'

"If gay activists wish to legalize same-sex marriage now, they will have to go to the people and seek their permission" -Yes on 8 "The 7 million Californians who worked hard to protect marriage as the union of husband and...

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@Hellno: We won't #go

Wish you could be demonstrating in SF? Well do the next best thing. Follow the demonstrators on twitter as they chant, block streets, and learn their miranda rights, all in the name of taking a stand for equality: 1Struggle1Fight [Twitter]...

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Video: Because it's the kind of day where we need to make flags sing. Bear [::groan::] with us.

Meanwhile, in some woods outside of Fresno, an annoyed bear bemoans being disinvited from progress' party: Ah, cheer up little bear. Today's setback may be as noxious as the brown pile you left behind that tree (yea, we saw you!)....

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The Prop 8 Ruling: It's not unexpected, not un-shitty

The California Supreme Court has upheld Proposition 8 by a 6-1 margin (thank you, Justice Moreno), keeping marriage inequality in the Golden State. However they did uphold the 18,000+ unions that were performed from June to November of '08. And...

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Video: The far-right has declared war on this family. Let's fix that.

Day Of Decision Gay Marriage Equality [YT] **EARLIER: *MORE: This family's complete set of values videos

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05/25/2009

Twas the night before (in)justice

There is lots, lots, LOTS of anticipation over tomorrow's California Supreme Court decision on Prop 8. Some are spending their time pontificating for the side of reasonable justice: With all the doom and gloom surrounding the expected upholding of Proposition...

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05/20/2009

On Wed. we get Kris v. Adam. On Thurs, Equality vs Nasty Bias?

A mix of optimism, police barricades that have gone up in the Castro, and a realization that the remaining days are dwindling has led many to assume that tomorrow, 5/21, is going to be the big Prop 8 decision day:...

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05/15/2009

Video: 5.15.09 ≠ 5.15.08

Castro In the Streets **Our 5/15/2008 archive [G-A-Y]

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05/08/2009

CA's paper anniversary: To be marked with reattached licenses?

With another week passing without the California Prop 8 decision coming down, some are starting to wonder if maybe the CA Supremes are holding out for a specific, thoroughly appropriate time to release their opinion. Namely: The one-year anniversary of...

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05/07/2009

Video: Pro-family. Truly.

Win Marriage Back -- Make It Real[EQCA] *COMPARE WITH: 'Pro-family.' Rhetorically.

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Because it was so fun the first time

If Prop 8 is upheld by the court, are we going back to the California ballot sooner rather than later? It's looking that way: “We’re hoping the court rules the right way, but we’re not counting on it,” said Marc...

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04/30/2009

'Know offense,' Carrie. Because right now you don't seem to.

"It's all about respect"...which is why I tell gay people that society needs to be "protected" from their marriages. Uh uh, right. *Here's the ad. *SEE ALSO: Carrie's thoroughly "respectful" appearance on the ultra-far-right "Liberty Live" show, in which not...

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04/29/2009

From 'gathered storms' to reigning beauty queens

Well folks, we called it. Miss California hs signed up to become the new Florida orange juice spokesperson NOM ad star: Miss California, Carrie Prejean, who offered memorable opposition (above) to same-sex marriage and a young, attractive new face for...

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Reading, writing, and requesting notification when a teacher so much as mispronounces Uruguay

It's one thing to resist LGBT adults on political grounds. It's quite another to encourage a world where kids -- whether they are LGBT themselves, have parents or other family members who are, or are simply allies -- are told...

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04/28/2009

The Pageant Driven Life

Wow, the social conservatives are totally crushing hard on Miss California. In fact, in the eyes of the American Family Association's Tim Wildmon, Carrie Prejean has surpassed Rick Warren on the hierarchy of anti-gay heroes: What I was most impressed...

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Miles and Miles of low road

We've made note of Pastor Miles McPherson's inflammatory rhetoric on a couple of occasions. On his now-defunct blog (which was abruptly pulled and scrubbed around the time Miles became nationally known for his Prop 8 actions), the evangeli-xalted Rock Church...

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Video: Just an old fashioned pair of lady-lovers shootin' the sh*t

Gavin Newsom, gay rights hetero, sat down with Ms. Maddow last night for a discussion about many things. Among them? Marriage equality, Prop 8, and how his state can reclaim the progressive ground they lost in November. Check it out:...

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04/27/2009

We have to Carrie on a little longer

We told you that we'd try to limit Miss California acknowledgement unless some actual developments came our way. But in a new interview with journalist Rex Wockner, we've certainly learned a few new things -- so you're gonna have to...

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04/24/2009

Nudging the gavel? CA official sends a friendly 'btw'

We're pretty sure that following document, which we obtained by a public record request to the CA court, is mostly procedural and will have little bearing on the California Supreme Court's eventual outcome on the Prop 8 matter. However, it...

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'Pro-fams' molding Perez into liability; we'd be scared if it weren't for their movement's proven 'lie-ability'

Even more social conservatives are jumping at the chance to capitalize on the Miss California situation, making it sound as if one must either agree with Perez Hilton or Carrie Prejean to have a voice in this discussion. Focus on...

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04/22/2009

Prop Lunch D8: EQCA sends Prejean-centric invite

In a response that's certainly far more productive that writing her off as "a dumb b----," the folks at Equality California are asking Miss California, aka Carrie Prejean, to meet with the LGBT individual families who she, "no offense," wants...

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04/21/2009

@GavinNewsom sees self @GuvMansion

The progressive gay community's political pinup has solemnized another kind of commitment: In order to prove he's qualified, we hear the San Francisco mayor will soon star in a remake of Kindergarten Cop. Gavin Newsom [Twitter] (H/t: Towle) **RELATED: Newsom,...

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Video: Perez, Prejean prolonged

Well, he doesn't call her a "dumb b-----" or "c word" this time, but we still find Perez's message convoluted and possibly unproductive: Look, we don't want Perez to present a weaker message. On that contrary, we want him to...

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04/19/2009

Video: If YouTube had been around in Anita B's pageant days

Spoiler alert: This contestant ultimately loses the big prize: And by "this contestant," we mean the biased views, which are close to the point where they'll have to fake tears while the far-more-deserving, far-more-inclusive competition takes society's crown. Oh, and...

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04/15/2009

4:20: Marriage-if-u-wanna time?

Is the California marriage decision coming up very soon? Queerty thinks so: A notice distributed by the Los Angeles Police Department released late Tuesday raises the prospect that the long awaited 'Day of Decision' on Proposition 8 has been scheduled....

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03/31/2009

Video: Chatty Kathy

Kathy Griffin Rails at Gay Marriage Foes: 'What the F*ck is it to You?' [Towle]

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03/23/2009

Yea, 'Wash Times'? It's only his donation that bears mentioning?

Wanna see more examples of far-right shadiness? Well here, check out this little snippet, the intro of a new article from the ultra conservative Washington Times, and then we'll get back to you: After giving $10,000 to California's Proposition 8...

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Napa: Whine (you didn't support us!) could dampen bread ($$$)

Last week, the Napa Valley city council failed to act on a resolution that would've led the area to join other California cities (and the CA legislature) in standing against marriage inequality. So in turn, some gays are choosing to...

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03/11/2009

6/16-11/4: Will out-of-state nups crawl thru CA window?

Everyone's talking about Prop 8, whether it will stand, and whether the already-performed marriages will remain even if the discriminatory ban stays on the books. But if the unrighteous affront to America freedoms is left in place yet the 18,000+...

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03/10/2009

Poll: Would Prop Recre8 be better?

Gays are itching to correct the soul-crushing, dehumanizing, discriminatory social affront that was/is Prop 8. But would it be in our best interest to go back to the CA polls for another marriage equality ballot initiative? Well....maybe. A newly released...

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03/09/2009

Song of Solomon: MA marriage champ to change CA's tune

This from Bay Windows: After successfully leading the effort to preserve marriage equality in Massachusetts and overseeing his organization’s transition from a single-issue political campaign into a broad-based LGBT political organization, MassEquality executive director Marc Solomon is leaving to head...

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03/05/2009

Video: Standing on a corner, watching both traffic and time pass by

These are just some of the people who know more about your life, love, and equality than you do. Or in some cases, know only what their parents have told them: And here's another, this one highlighting the Sacramento-based, Russian-language...

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Photos: Which prop's right for addressing Prop that's wrong?

Some state the obvious: Others support arguments as simplistic as their drawings: Then there are those who treat the Bible as a cherry grove needing to be picked for the sake of denying civil fairness: At least one terse pro-gay...

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Audio: An ear to the courtroom floor

It's now over. But if you missed any of today's Prop 8 hearing, you can listen to the complete set of arguments right here: 9AM-9:36AM (minter, marshall): 9:36AM-9:59AM (maroko): 9:59AM -10:18AM (stewart): 10:18AM -10:51AM (krueger): 10:51AM -11:45AM (ken starr): 11:45AM...

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Manchester Grand: We'll leave the (protest) light on for you

Say what you want about gays, but we are nothing if not a novel people. Take for instance what happened last night in San Diego. As the LGBT community and its allies marched and spoke out against Proposition 8, some...

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Hey, it's only democracy we're talking about -- why not rev up an ignorant turf war?

This pic, anti-intellectualism at its worst, comes from the Family Research Council: Ya know, because it's not that the judges are a crucial part of constitutional democracy. It's not that the judges have a vested interest in protecting majority rights....

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Today

What's at Stake [YT] **ALSO: Check out Sean Chapin's videos from last night's "Eve of Justice" rally: **ALSO: San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders Announces Engagement of Daughter at Rally Marking Challenge to Proposition 8 [Towle]

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