This provocative new TV ad was created in the spirit of Harvey Milk’s call to “come out, come out wherever you are” and proudly tell the stories of the people most affected by the passage of Prop 8 — in moving images set to the beat of Regina Spektor’s beautiful song “Fidelity”.
The Courage Campaign is already up with ads to repeal California Proposition 8 which restored the traditional definition of marriage (one man and one woman) to the California Constitution last November. The California Supreme Court upheld the measure this morning.
Just minutes after the California Supreme Court decision upholding Prop. 8, the fight for marriage equality is already on again — as the 70,000-member Courage Campaign, a progressive group, has unveiled new ads and an online petition campaign aimed at getting the issue before California voters again.
Rick Jacobs, founder and chair of the Courage Campaign, said in an e-mail statement: “I am disappointed the Court ruled to deny marriage equality to Californians. These are fundamental constitutional rights that cannot be abolished by a ballot initiative. While we were hoping the Court would rule in favor of equality, we have been building the infrastructure to win marriage equality rights at the ballot box. Our members are ready to do the hard work needed to win.”
Do the California Democrat Governor canddiates want to run on gay marriage (since the Big 3 plus 1 Dianne Feinstein, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa support gay marriage)?
Steve Poizner, a Republican candidate for Governor has already blasted out an e-mail supporting the California Supreme Courts’ decision:
“The California Supreme Court took the appropriate action today in upholding the will of the people by affirming Proposition 8. The people of California have spoken. They voted decisively that marriage should remain between a man and a woman. That is also my personal view.
“There was much more at stake today than even the issue of gay marriage, as important and emotional as it is for so many people on both sides of the issue. If the Court had overturned Proposition 8, it would have had set a terrible legal precedent, divided Californians even further, undermined support for the judiciary and state government itself while serving as a tremendous blow to the fundamental American concept of government of the people, by the people and for the people.
“Regardless of which way the Court ruled today, a particularly shameful element of this issue has been the Attorney General’s unethical abandonment of his legal responsibility to the people of California. It is no surprise that Jerry Brown politicized and abused his latest position in an unprecedented way in order to play political catch-up with Gavin Newsom.
“As Governor, Brown opposed marriage for gay Californians. As a candidate for Attorney General, Jerry Brown refused to publicly support gay marriage. But once Gavin Newsom gained the upper hand on the issue with Democratic primary votes, Brown used his office as the state’s lawyer to suddenly become an advocate of gay marriage and attempt to subvert the twice expressed will of the people of California. As he enters the fifth decade of his political career, Jerry Brown seems determined to go down in history as the man who was on more sides of more issues than any other California politician.”
This repeal of traditional marriage issue will assure that the social conservative GOP and religious voter base will turn out for mid-term non-Presidential California elections. This will be unfavorable to Democrat candidates.
Can you see the Gavin Newsom vs. Jerry Brown ads in the Democrat Primary election? It will be “whether you like it or not” vs. “I proposed an illogical legal theory and avoided my responsibility to the people of California as Attorney General to help gay marriage.”
Somehow I think the GOP media consultants are licking their chops at the prospect of this highly polarizing campaign. One which either GOP candidates Meg Whitman or Steve Poizner will easily win.
My bet is that the Democrats will ask the Courage Campaign and others to defer until 2012.
Village People: In the Navy
Contradicting a Pentagon release earlier in the week that there were no plans to end the DNDT policy of homosexuals in the military, now according to Presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs there are “active conversations.
Check out the wee glimmer of a change in the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” saga, buried in Thursday’s press conference by Obama mouthpiece Robert Gibbs. The last we heard, the Obama Administration was moving quietly to limit enforcement of the policy — but it wasn’t in any rush to change the policy. And, as Comrade Lochhead told us earlier this month, it looked like momentum to change DNDT was waning. Now? Judging what was said Thursday, sounds like plans are moving along faster than previously disclosed, albeit on the down low.
Whatever that means?
Why doesn’t Obama keep his promises to the homosexual community and OK gays in the military? Why is there reluctance?
Could it be that it might hurt recruitment of soldiers?
Or is he just a typical POL and hopes a court somewhere gives him a political out to a policy change that will alienate some voters?
Shannon Minter, standing, speaks to the California Supreme Court in San Francisco, Thursday, March 5, 2009 on the constitutionality of the stateâ€™s voter-approved Proposition 8 that bans gay unions. The court will decide whether to uphold the same-sex marriage ban and whether same-sex couple marriages will remain validThe 90 day deadline for the California Supreme Court to issue its judgement on California Proposition 8 which restored traditional marriage (one man and one woman) is fast approaching. Oral arguments were heard March 5, 2009 which means the decision is coming imminently.
The court usually gives a one business day notice before releasing its opinions on Mondays or Thursdays. So, we could learn tomorrow.
It is surprising there have been NO leaks of a decision which has taken many weeks to draft.
Equality California, a leading gay rights group, is surveying its members to gauge whether they support putting gay marriage on a 2010 state ballot or waiting until 2012.
While the state waits for the California Supreme Court’s verdict on Proposition 8 – which bans gay marriage – the group asks that members answer the survey by 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
“We stand together, hopeful that the California Supreme Court will confirm that fundamental civil rights cannot be stripped away from a minority group at the ballot box. However, we must be prepared to go back to the ballot if the Supreme Court fails to overturn Proposition 8,” says an email message from Marc Solomon, the group’s marriage director.
Miss USA interviewed by Al Roker on NBC’s Today Show
Sounds to me she supports Civil Unions but punts the question with a politically correct answer (See around 2:05) . After all, she wants to be selected as Miss Universe this summer.
Bad news for BIGOT Perez Hilton though. If Miss USA is chosen as Miss Universe, then the traditional marriage supporting Miss California, Carrie Prejean, automatically becomes Miss USA.
Only On MSNBC: Perez Hilton homosexual Outer and Hollywood Gossip Blogger
Thanks to Michelle Malkin for noticing this interview of Perez Hilton on MSNBC. Yeah, Perez Hilton is a BIGOT and shows more of his true colors in the above invocation of the C-Word slur against Miss USA runner-up, Carrie Prejean.
Way to stay classy Perez……
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his wife Judith arrive at the premiere of “Grey Gardens” in New York April 14, 2009Rudy will NOT make gay marriage an issue when he runs for New York Governor next year because……?
Giuliani does NOT have to and alienate anyone – his first rule in politics.
Rudy Giuliani, speaking on an Albany radio station this morning, appeared to walk back the implication in a New York Post interview printed today that he would make same-sex marriage central to a possible campaign for governor.
“I donâ€™t get the sense that this is the key thing that people are thinking about right now â€“ I think the economy overshadows everything,” he told Fred Dicker on Albany’s Talk 1300 AM just now.
The marriage issue “will be something that Republicans donâ€™t have to use â€“ this is something that will bring a lot of people to the Republican Party because itâ€™s such a basic challenge to what people believe is the way society should be organized,” he said.
“Whatever the polls say, more than a majority support” civil unions, he said.
Let Democrat Governor David Paterson take the extreme pro-gay marriage position and let all of the right-center and religious voters flow to Rudy without making an issue of it.
A smart political lesson for the GOP.
Why Miss California didn’t win Miss USA pageant.
Perez Hilton or Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr. is a “RENOWN” homosexual and shows his bigotry towards straight people in the above video.
Did Miss California’s answer on gay marriage affect his vote?
Here is the question and Hilton’s immediate reaction.
On his blog following the ceremony, Hilton called Prejean a â€œdumb bitchâ€ and described her answer to his question â€œthe worst answer in pageant historyâ€.
It is unclear what land Miss California was speaking of when she said she lives in a place in which you can choose a same-sex marriage, because same-sex marriages are, at least for the time being, not an option in California. It is equally unclear exactly what an â€œopposite marriageâ€ is. Even stranger is how Prejean became first runner-up when she didnâ€™t answer the question presented to her.
For someone representing the state of California, in which the decision to overturn Prop 8 currently lies in the hands of the state Supreme Court, Prejean showed a shockingly poor grasp on the issue of same sex marriage.
Did Miss California, Carrie Prejean’s views on gay marriage cost her the Miss USA title?
No tolerance is permitted by the radical homosexual community.
Remember the California Propsition 8 campaign and its aftermath with over the top boycotts and protests?
Kate Kuykendall (R) and her wife Tori Kuykendall (L) stand with their daughter during a gay rights rally against the Proposition 8 measure at the El Pueblo de Los Angeles park, March 5, 2009.The latest California Field Poll shows it continues to be a difficult issue for California registered voters.
California voters are as sharply divided over gay marriage as they were in November when they approved Proposition 8, overturning a state Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriages.
Voters passed Proposition 8, which declared marriage could only be between a man and a woman, 52 percent to 48 percent.
A new Field Poll showed voters almost evenly split, 48 percent to 47 percent, when asked if they would approve a new constitutional amendment to again allow same-sex couples to marry.
Last week, the state Supreme Court heard arguments in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8. From questions asked by the seven justices, court watchers concluded the court is likely to uphold Proposition 8 but also allow to stand the 18,000 same-sex marriages performed after the court’s original ruling in May and the November election.
A coalition of gay-rights groups have filed an initiative aimed at the 2010 ballot to make same-sex marriages legal again.
Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo said that while Californians are dramatically more supportive of same-sex marriages than they were a few decades ago, he questioned whether attitudes would be much different in 2010 than they were in 2008.
He noted that gubernatorial elections always have smaller voter turnouts than presidential elections and that younger voters most supportive of same-sex marriage are also among the least reliable voters.
â€œIf you bring this to an election, turnout really does matter,â€ DiCamillo said. â€œWhich groups turn out a little bit more and which ones turn out a little bit less have a big effect on the outcome.â€
A second difficulty, the pollster said, is that an amendment reinstating same-sex marriage would require a â€œyesâ€ vote whereas Proposition 8 required a â€œnoâ€ vote to preserve gay marriages.
â€œThe thing that works against the advocates’ position is now they’ve got to get a ‘yes’ vote which is harder to get than a ‘no’ vote,â€ DiCamillo said.
It is likely that the California Supreme Court will PUNT on the issue of gay marriage in the coming weeks. By PUNT, Flap means that the court will uphold California Proposition 8 restoring the traditional definition of marriage – while on the other hand allowing the same sex marriages already completed to remain valid.
What will this mean for gay politics in 2010 – a Governor’s election year?
Dan Walters has an accurate description of the conventional wisdom on a California electoral outcome.
It will be a gamble for gay marriage proponents to come before California voters again in 2010.
Will homosexual activists roll the dice?
Wesley Gann (R) and his partner Jerry Johnson take part in a rally ahead of the California Supreme Court hearing on Proposition 8 in Los Angeles March 4, 2009. Proposition 8, passed by California voters in November, amends the state constitution to provide that only marriage between a man and a woman is recognized in CaliforniaYes, the California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for and against California Proposition 8 that was passed by California voters last November. Proposition 8 restored the traditional definition of marriage in the California Constitution – one man and one woman.
All of the legal filings before the California Supreme Court are here.
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A new study tries to debunk the notion that California African-American voters spurred to the polls by the election of the first African-American President, Barack Obama overwhelmingly supported California Proposition 8 that restored the traditional definition of marriage (one man and one woman).
A new study of voting patterns on Proposition 8, the November ballot measure that would outlaw same-sex marriage, concludes that African American support, reported by exit pollsters at 70 percent, was at least 10 percentage points lower.
The high reported support levels among black and Latino voters for the measure, which won voter approval but is now being challenged in court, led to post-election controversy and conclusions that non-white voters provided the margin of victory for Proposition 8.
The new study, commissioned by the San Francisco-based Evelyn and Walter Hass Jr. Fund and released by a consortium of gay rights groups, was conducted by two New York college researchers. It concludes that party affiliation, political ideology, frequency of attending church and age “were the driving forces behind the measure’s passage” rather than ethnicity.
When voting results were adjusted for those factors, the researchers concluded, “support for Proposition 8 among African Americanss and Latinos was not significantly different than other groups.” They put overall black support for Proposition 8 at “no more than 59 percent” rather than the 70 percent found in exist polls of voters.
“These figures point the way to winning marriage equality for same-sex couples sooner rather than later,” said Jaime Grant, Ph.D., director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute. “Convincing the Republican Party that continued gay bashing will cripple its future is one; another is accelerating the already strong surge in support among young voters.”
An interesting study that really compares apples to oranges in a number of their analyses but the reader can read it here (PDF).
The November California Proposition 8 was a “PERFECT STORM” for the passage of gay marriage in California. A down GOP year, an accelerated Democrat registration drive plus turn-out for Obama, optimized ballot language by a sympathetic California Attorney General and a Presidental election year turn-out of voters should have produced a victory for gay marriage proponents. But, it didn’t.
There is No doubt the No on Proposition 8 Campaign was poorly run but the fact is that California voters simply do NOT support gay marriage and the considerable political baggage that accompanies its legalization. And, an almost 60 per cent African-American support for a gay marriage ban is nothing to overlook. But, does it really matter?
The homosexual lobby will try again (when the California Supreme Court upholds Proposition 8 as constitutional) but will be less likely to obtain even 48 per cent they received last November. Younger voters will return to their habit of ignoring elections and GOP voters will return to the fold of turning out to vote disproprtionately in non-Presidental election years. Gay Marriage = FAIL.
There has not been one election in ANY state where gay marriage has passed the muster of voters. It won’t be happening anytime soon in California either – despite what homosexual political scientists desire.