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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!

by Jeremy Hooper

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 economy!) on a mean-spirited, unnecessary, religious-fueled ballot initiative. But when it comes to the CA legislature -- the same legislature that passed marriage equality TWICE, it should be noted -- weighing in on the constitutional fairness of Prop 8, this crew suddenly finds its time clock. Check out this new press release:

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Urging the Legislature to stop wasting time and resources on non-binding resolutions concerning voter approved Proposition 8, Protect Marriage.com today urged legislative committees to shelve HR 5 and SR 7, resolutions stating that the Supreme Court should overturn Proposition 8 when it hears the matter next month.

"Proposition 8 was adopted with over a 600,000 vote margin, gaining approximately the same vote percentage as Barack Obama did nationally," said Ron Prentice, Chairman of ProtectMarriage.com - Yes on 8, the campaign committee responsible for passage of the measure. "It passed in 42 out of California's 58 counties, including the five largest counties in California. It is wrong for legislators to disrespect the vote of the people and attempt to substitute their values for the decision of over 7 million voters."

HR 5 (Ammiano) and SR 7 (Leno) are authored by legislators who have long opposed Prop 8. Their views were well known and rejected by voters when 52.3% of the electorate approved Prop 8. These same legislators have also signed onto amicus briefs before the Court asking that Prop 8 be overturned. Now they are authoring meaningless nonbinding resolutions that take up the time of legislators and legislative staff who should be focused on appropriate legislative priorities such as solving the state deficit.

"Disrespecting the will of voters and wasting taxpayer resources on meaningless legislative resolutions are among the reasons that public approval of the Legislature has fallen to 15%, the lowest in history." Prentice said. "We urge the Judiciary committees of the Assembly and Senate to shelve these inappropriate resolutions and return the Legislature's attention to more appropriate work."
ProtectMarriage.com - Yes on 8 Campaign Asks Legislature To Stop Wasting Time and Resources on Prop 8 Resolutions When Voters Have Already Spoken [Protect marriage release]

Oh, these sillies. What they don't understand is that for those of us who comprehend the intent of little pieces of paper like civil marriage licenses and constitutions, this is not some "culture war" discussion that they've won. For us, this is an unconstitutional, unjust, un-American rollback of basic fairness! So it can never be a waste of time for us to combat their ability to tyrannically take away what we have rightfully been granted. In fact, many of us see this fight demanded of us by virtue of our existence within the American citizenry!

In California, it's as if a mob has come to town and told two different branches of government. The legislature willingly passed marriage equality on two different occasions -- but then Gov. Schwarzenegger listened to the gay opponents and vetoed both bills. And then the court, headed by a Republican, issued a clearly-worded case for why civil marriage is a right -- but then citizens with no prerequisite knowledge of government and its principles put a stop to it, largely fueled by their own personal faith beliefs. Imagine if you were a interior designer who's selected to advance the look of a home, but certain forces who may or may not even begin to understand your craft or code of operations kept coming into your workspace and spraying whatever color paint on the walls that they personally feel would look best. We imagine that's how fair-minded lawmakers feel whenever layman come to their offices and manage to obtain majority public support for thoroughly unconstitutional ideas!

Now, we don't mean to imply that the Yes on 8 crew doesn't have a right to participate in democracy. We just mean to say that we're sick and tired of them acting as if legislators, the judiciary, and most every progressive public figure exists in Crazytown, while their every last supporter is a governmental guru with an advanced knowledge of civics. if they would stop condemning and start listening to what some of these people are saying, then they might understand why they are SO VERY WRONG!!!!

**EARLIER: Far-from-grand intolerance vs. 'grandstanding' [G-A-Y]

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Your thoughts

they're getting embarrassingly desperate now b/c they know it will be overturned in less than a month. :-)

Posted by: remix | Feb 17, 2009 6:17:18 PM

And the National Organization for Marriage, NOM, just today sent out a request to send letters to legislators about the bill....Just like EQ CA did last week, for our side. They even gave us the legislators phone numbers...that was fun and easy. (Sending post to Jeremy, too long to put here.)

Well, going to this link, it is one of those nice editable(sic) petitions.

Titled Support Proposition 8...
Well I didn't like theirs, so I changed it to. INVALIDATE PROP H8.

And rewrote the letter to:
On November 4th, the people of California barely voted to CHANGE the definition of marriage in California as the union of husband and wife under California law..The Supreme Court states it is gender nonspecific.

Also, PROP H8 could DIVORCE 18,000 legally married couples and their lives and hopes are already hanging by a thread.

BUT THE THREAD is a ROPE, Proposition 8 is UNCONSTITUTIIONAL,
so says our Attorney General, and he will defend that March 5 to the Court.

I urge you to VOTE FOR Senate Resolution 7 and Assembly Resolution 5,
just as I did in my phone calls to you.

.....and it worked, sure enough I got Auto replies back to INVALIDATE PROP H8.

So, for any of you who wish to do the same here is the link, to the original,
please be creative in your editting.

nationformarriage.org/c.omL2KeN0LzH/b.4980925/k.BFBF/California_SR7__AR5/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?msource=EC0902NAT006&tr=y&auid=4519137

Enjoy.
STR8 Against H8

Posted by: LOrion | Feb 17, 2009 7:02:03 PM

Well something worked: Here this just in from PEREZ HILTON
perezhilton.com/2009-02-17-a-change-in-the-right-direction

inally, some good news regarding California's Proposition 8!

A legislative committee has just backed legal efforts to try and overturn Prop H8te (that ridiculous proposition striping gays of their full rights and banning same-sex marriage).

The California Assembly Judiciary Committee had a 7-3 vote on Tuesday to put the legislature on record as opposing Prop H8te.

We'll have to wait until March 5th, though, when oral arguments will take place in the California Supreme Court.

The state Senate will be considering a companion measure in the weeks to come as well.

Baby steps!

Posted by: LOrion | Feb 18, 2009 3:34:03 PM

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