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03/04/2009

Audio: Going to the Mat/Matt for Prop 8

Matt Barber and Mat "lesbian parents will raise violent kids" Staver: Liberty Live Radio 3/4 [LC] :12 -- No, the issue will be about whether a bare majority can amend it in this way for this purpose. Big difference. :28...

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By this week's 'Ugly Betty,' we may know fate of ugly bias

Did you know that on Thursday, when the California Supreme Court hears arguments for and against overturning Proposition 8, that we might actually learn the outcome before day's end? It's true: The California Supreme Court may reveal Thursday whether it...

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03/03/2009

Video: Does The Message™ speak to you?

Equality California is gearing up for this Thursday's Prop 8 hearing by firing this commercial off onto California airwaves: Hmm. It's certainly relevant, with the attempt to capture the Milk zeitgeist. And it's certainly -- cool. But does it capture...

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CA legislature gives no props to 8

Dear Prop 8, Your state legislature would like you to please kindly leave California, ASAP. We appreciate your prompt cooperation on this matter of great historical import. Best, Good As You SACRAMENTO – The California Senate today passed Senate Resolution...

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02/17/2009

Hey Yes on 8: You may have started this conversation, but you don't get to put an end to it!

Rather than let the California Supreme Court's principled, measured, studied civil marriage ruling stand, the Yes on 8 crew forced not only the state, but also the entire nation to waste resources, time, and considerable finances ($80+ million! In this...

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02/16/2009

Hotel Bill charges up San Diego gays

On a couple of occasions last week, we told you about Bill Clinton's plans to speak at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, despite that venue's controversial association with Proposition 8. Now we can tell you that on Sunday, the former president's...

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02/15/2009

Prop 8: Give us mo' money to separate a 'mo from his honey

For the sole cause of hurting gay people, they've already managed to siphon 40+ million dollars out of citizens. But for the Yes on 8 campaign, that's not enough. For them, there exists a more, more, more scenario. What's that...

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02/13/2009

Stiffed on the Bill: Activist's Clinton cries go unheeded

Yesterday we told you how a coalition of organized labor and marriage equality supporters are asking Bill Clinton to cancel/move a weekend speech at San Diego's Manchester Grand Hyatt, because of owner Doug Manchester's contributions to the Prop 8 campaign....

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02/12/2009

Rebooking Bill: Activists seek early checkout time for Clinton reservation

Years before Doug Manchester's Prop 8 donation came to light, yours truly stayed at San Diego's Manchester Grand Hotel. So as one of the hotel's former head-resters, I totally know how good their breakfast buffet is. It's a little pricey,...

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02/11/2009

The smart kid is not always the most popular

The majority of a class of second-graders can say that 10+10 = 19, but 20 will still be the right answer. A larger portion can support segregation, but the pro-intergration camps will be remembered as the heroes. Millions can give...

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02/05/2009

Video: 'Fidelity'

This video plays in beautifully to our earlier post about divorce and commitment. Check it out: We're a beautiful people. We will triumph over the fug bias. "Fidelity": Watch the video and sign our letter to the state Supreme Court...

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Ding dong, the DOMA's..well, maimed

The Defense of Marriage Act's not dead. However, if might be a good time for the long-ill law to get its affairs and order and start doing all those things its been putting off doing (like skydiving or treating gay...

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02/03/2009

Potential error correction gets date

We knew the Proposition 8 legal challenge would begin sometime in or around March. Now the California Supreme Court has made it official: The justices will hear oral arguments on Thursday, March 5, 2009. California Supreme Court to Hear Oral...

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02/02/2009

And no, 'me, myself, and I' don't count

As part of Equality California's efforts to change public opinion on LGBT issues and to ultimately undo the nasty effects of Proposition 8, the group, working with a consortium of other rights organizations, has launched a new campaign wherein they...

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Mormon's Prop 8 closet: Meet some new skeletons

Surprise, surprise: SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Mormon church officials say they spent $190,000 more supporting the Proposition 8 gay marriage ban than they previously reported. ... The report filed Friday with the secretary of state lists church leaders' travel expenses; $20,575 to use...

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01/30/2009

The CA donor fight: What's really going on here?

Yesterday we briefly told you that a federal judge has denied Prop 8 supporters in their bid to withhold disclosing anymore names and addresses of donors who gave money to pass the discriminatory measure: Judge: The donor rolls must go...

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01/29/2009

Judge: The donor rolls must go on

Good news for those tired of the Prop 8 supporters' "victim" claims: A federal judge today denied a request by supporters of Proposition 8 to withhold disclosing anymore names and addresses of donors who gave money to pass the state’s...

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RAMPAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Rampage" defined: "Rampage" misrepresented: Homosexual activists are feeling a bit zealous these days. They are coming on the heels of a newly sworn in Barack Obama administration that saw the first ever homosexual band perform in a president’s inauguration parade....

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01/26/2009

Parity Powwow: What went down?

Here in NYC, we froze our asses off and pondered what, exactly, senator-designate Kirsten Gillibrand will be able to do for us. But over in sunny Boxer/Feinstein-repped L.A., many of our gay rights counterparts spent their Saturday hunkered down at...

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Poll: Majority of our opponents have stopped listening altogether

And now in disturbingly closed-off marriage views news: A newly released survey suggests that more than 70% of those Californians who voted for the nasty and discriminatory Prop 8 wouldn't have changed their votes, no matter what we in the...

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01/22/2009

Repackaging old Milk: Will Arnold swallow it?

Last year, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed legislation that would have set aside a special day of significance honoring slain gay rights icon Harvey Milk. But now it's 2009. Change is in the air. Milk has been nominated for eight...

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01/21/2009

To know us is to-- find us controversial?!

Back in December we told you about "Get To Know Us First," an ad campaign designed to show America that gay and lesbian families are just like others, and that those families deserve the exact same protections. But now it's...

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01/15/2009

Chico and the ban

The Chico Peace and Justice Center, a nonprofit organization that had been offering its facilities and ordained ministers for the purposes of marriage, has announced that they will no longer be doing so. Why, the "I don't" to "I do,"...

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01/05/2009

Good and legal: Side of honor earns same

Ever year, The National Law Journal recognizes lawyers and law firms who have done exemplary pro bono work. We're pleased to announce that this year, the publication has chosen to honor Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin and one...

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01/02/2009

You can take away our rights -- but the takeaway message will benefit us!

Speaking about Prop 8 and the "pro-family" community's supposed "victory" in California, the anti-gay side's Ron Prentice asserts the following to Focus on the Family's CitizenLink: "California’s vote in favor of traditional marriage should give the silent majority comfort that...

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12/23/2008

United we could stand, but divided is what they've been working since fall

You know we gays are always accused of "hijacking" the African American civil rights movement? Yea, well check out this latest quip from major Prop 8 proponent Maggie Gallagher and tell us who is REALLY exploiting race here: "It's appalling...

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12/22/2008

Brown vs. the bored of (any pro-gay) education

Responding to the FANTASTIC news that California Attorney General Jerry Brown wants Proposition 8 tossed, Protect Marriage's Andrew Pugno has issued the following statement: "It is disappointing that the Attorney General has refused to defend the vote of the people...

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12/03/2008

Video: Prop Misérables

Not since Oklahoma has a musical so fully captured the spirit of a state: We see a Tony (who can't marry his partner Steve)! Neil Patrick Harris and Jack Black in Prop 8: The Musical [Towle] **UPDATE. 12/4: Some evangelicals...

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12/02/2008

Selling snake oil '70s style: A look at a Milk era marriage ban

As we continue our recognition of Harvey Milk and the fabulous flick that bears his name, we want to show you more of the kinds of headlines and sentiments that fueled his '70s era activism. This time we'll take a...

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12/01/2008

Video: Out of the bars and into the streets

Another great video from Castro In The Streets: Keep the spark alive, kids! I am here to recruit you. [Castro In The Streets]

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Audio: Wait, why'd we lose again?

Whether it was due to being an apathetic activist with a massive case of gay marriage ennui, a Thanksgiving-bound vacationer who shut their brain off at the beginning of last week, or, simply, a Mac user, you might have missed...

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11/20/2008

Condemnation: Those who do remember the past know we will defeat it

Dick Meister is a San Francisco-based freelance writer who's been covering the local scene for the past several decades. Today, Meister taps into that vast well of Bay Area remembrance to remind those of us living in the era of...

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11/19/2008

Evangelical 'religious freedom': Believe what they believe OR ELSE!

Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is both pro-gay and pro-Jesus. At this weekend's gay rights protest in his home city, he told listeners why he sees no disconnect in those two positions: (Jesus-y part beings around 2:00) Nice, peaceful thoughts....

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11/17/2008

The latest in potential misstep correction: Brown files briefs

SACRAMENTO—California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today urged the California Supreme Court to accept review of the legal challenges to Proposition 8 and for this matter of widespread concern to be “promptly resolved.” “The profound importance of the issues...

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FRC: Why aren't you being an anti-democratic, tyrannical court-basher, Arnold?

The folks at Family Research Council sure are feeling their oats these days. Unfortunately for all of us who understand rights and the judiciary's role in protecting the same, FRC's brand of oats are not fit for any sort of...

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11/11/2008

DRA-MA!

Remember Scott Eckern, the California Musical Theatre artistic director who was found to have donated 1000 smackers in support of Proposition 8? Well since we first told you about the donation on Friday, the situation has simply exploded. Hairspray composer...

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Sooner rather than l8ter?

Attention vindication-seeking gays: The California Supreme Court could rule as early as this week on a lawsuit that seeks to invalidate Proposition 8, court spokeswoman Lynn Holton said today.Prop 8 ruling could come quickly [Sac Bee] We've had our dark...

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11/09/2008

Prop 8: Arnold hints at 'Total Recall'

In an interview that aired this morning on CNN, Gov. Schwarzengger expressed his belief/hope/prediction that the cruel, discriminatory, historical misstep known as Prop 8 will be overturned by the Supreme Court: "It's unfortunate, obviously, but it's not the end," Schwarzenegger...

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Marching towards fairness: The beat goes on

Takin' it to the streets, campy gay style: Takin' it to the streets, activist gay style: (From Los Angeles Prop 8 protest, 11/8/08) Keep on keepin' on, fellow gays and allies. Waves, we are a'making! **ALSO: Andy has some photos...

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11/07/2008

Video: Gavin, the truth & light

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Showtunes! Chorus boys! And...gay inequality?!

California Musical Theatre, billed as Northern CA's "premier producer and presenter of musical theatre," is currently putting on The Color Purple, a show all about discrimination. In March of 2009, they will present the thoroughly pro-gay Avenue Q (written by...

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11/06/2008

Ronald redux: Looking again at George's quip

Back in June, we discovered an interview that Ronald George, the Republican-appointed CA Supreme Court Justice who wrote the majority opinion that granted same-sex couples equal marriage rights, gave to German publication Spiegel. At the time we found one particular...

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Courtin' bias: Anti-gay side scoffs at our search for justice

Speaking of a lawsuit that The American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal and the National Center for Lesbian Rights have filed as a way of challenging Prop 8's merits (or lack thereof), the "yes on 8" side's general counsel, Andrew...

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Video: Reasoned rage

Proposition 8's egregious passage led Californians in at least two cities to take to the streets in principled protest. Here's some footage from various Youtubers: West Hollywood: San Francisco: We have not yet begun to fight. SEE ALSO: Andy Towle...

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11/04/2008

We (and the unforgiving history books) shall see

Also: Arkansas has passed its bigoted adoption ban. ::sigh:: It would be nice to be able to enjoy this sweet night without this inescapably personal bitterness! **UPDATE, 1AM ET: In California, the "yes" side is beating us 54%-46% with 22%...

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Video: With CA residency comes great responsibility

**Our past Prop 8 vids **UPDATE: Actually, the money game is now around the $74 million mark: Fight For Equality In California Surpasses $73 Million! [Mad Professah Lectures] Unbelievable.

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Remember, CA: Slay the beast to obtain peace

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11/03/2008

Video: Wow, shocker -- their closing argument is as fake as their whole campaign

1. Prop 8 has nothing to do with so-called "traditional marriage." If your hetero marriage is threatened by two gay people having equal access to the custom, then you should be in marriage counseling, not on the side of the...

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11/02/2008

Video: As we round third, the arguments hit home

The other side's arguments are hateful. Period. We have 48 hours to paralyze hate. Do something with your time. Spread the word! -- 113,880 friends and family contacted since October 22. Add yours today! [NO ON 8!] **Our complete Prop...

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10/31/2008

Video: 'Snakes in a Campaign' w/ Samuel L. Jackson

Listen to Samuel L., Californians: The former Mace Windu lashing out against nasty poopycocky. That's a nice get, No on 8! But don't think the "yes on 8" side is without star power on their side. No, no -- we...

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