Tag Archives: California

What Might Happen Today With Prop 8?

Over at Metro Weekly, reporter Chris Geidner has posted an excellent 10-item FAQ sheet about today’s hearing of Prop 8 in the Ninth Circuit Court. Question #8 asks: “What Could The Court Rule?” With no specified timeline, the court will issue its ruling — although the fact that the court gave the case expedited consideration as to briefing and the ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Prop 8 Appeal Hearing

The Ninth Circuit Court will hear oral arguments in Perry Vs. Schwarzenegger beginning at 10am (California time.) NOM will be there with live video coverage and commentary. I’ll post another live streaming video source, but you might want to pull this one out and save it in case we lose one of the other signals. ABC’s non-embeddable video stream is ...

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CALIFORNIA: State OSHA Fines Gay Porn Studio For Allowing Barebacking

The California division of OSHA has fined the gay porn studio Treasure Island Media for workplace practices that exposed employees to potentially infectious agents such as semen. The company is appealing the fines, which total over $21,000 for three separate citations. Lyla Katz reports at Xbiz: “On Nov. 5, 2009, Treasure Island Media had failed to write or otherwise establish, ...

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The Full Castro

According to Lauren Smiley’s cover story in the latest issue of SF Weekly, some locals aren’t taking too well to the recent mini-explosion of nude men strolling around the Castro. Nudity, per se, isn’t illegal in San Francisco, but even lots of gay men don’t like running into twigs and berries while doing their shopping. It’s a long feature story, ...

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Prop 8 Judge Refuses To Recuse Himself

Ninth Circuit Court Judge Stephen Reinhardt has refused to recuse himself from next week’s hearing of the appeal of the overturn of Proposition 8. Here’s his legalese-laden refusal. “Filed order (STEPHEN R. REINHARDT) I have before me defendants-intervenors-appellants’ motion to disqualify myself from this appeal. I have not hesitated to recuse from cases in the past when doing so was ...

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CALIFORNIA: Protect Marriage Files Request For Recusal Of Prop 8 Judge

Protect Marriage has filed a formal request for the recusal of Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Reindhardt, who is scheduled to be part of the three judge panel hearing the appeal of Proposition 8 on Monday. As I noted yesterday morning, at issue is Reinhardt’s wife and her involvement with the No On 8 campaign via her job ...

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CA Attorney General-Elect Kamala Harris: We Will Not Defend Proposition 8

There wasn’t any doubt, but it’s nice to hear her work it into her victory speech.

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AFA: Prop 8 Repeal Will Be Upheld

The American Family Association’s “marriage expert” is predicting a 2-1 split in favor of upholding the repeal of Proposition 8.

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Haters Already Crying About Prop 8 Panel

The judges for next week’s hearing on the overturn of Proposition 8 have been selected and the wingnuts are already screaming about judicial activists!!11one! Via National Review: The Ninth Circuit has just announced that the panel hearing the appeal of Judge Vaughn Walker’s anti-Prop 8 ruling will consist of Stephen Reinhardt, Michael D. Hawkins, and N. Randy Smith. As regular ...

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CALIFORNIA: Democrat Kamala Harris Wins State Attorney General Race

It took weeks of the tedious counting of provisional ballots, but San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has at last been named California’s Attorney General-elect. Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley has conceded. Aside from completing a virtual Democratic sweep of all of California’s top offices, Harris’ win is good news for the gay community as she has vowed not ...

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Scissoring For Equality

This is one of the more amusing/odd stories we’ll read today. From California State University, Long Beach. About 24 theatre arts majors protested in front of Brotman Hall on Wednesday by tribbing with one another, a lesbian sex act commonly known as “scissoring.” The demonstration was in response to Cal State Long Beach refusing to advertise a play on the ...

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Ninth Circuit Sets Prop 8 Timetable

Here’s how it’s going to go down at 10am on December 6th. The Court orders that oral argument in these appeals be conducted in the following manner: The argument shall be divided into two hour-long sessions, with a brief recess in between. In the first hour, the parties shall address each appellant’s standing and any other procedural matters that may ...

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CALIFORNIA: Still No Result In AG Race

We still don’t know who California’s new attorney general will be and may not know for weeks. San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, who would be the state’s first black AG, has promised that she would not attempt to defend Proposition 8 should she be elected. Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, who has said that he will definitely ...

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CALIFORNIA: Prop 8 Attorney Andy Pugno LOSES Race For State Assembly

Protect Marriage lead attorney Andy Pugno has lost his bid for the California Assembly, despite the heavy backing of NOM. Icing on the cake: winner Richard Pan is a strong supporter of LGBT rights. SUCK IT, NOM! (Tipped by JMG reader Ray)

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CALIFORNIA: Legalized Pot Bill Fails

California’s Prop 19, which would have decriminalized the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, has failed by a wide margin. The initiative would have eliminated all criminal penalties for adults 21 and older who planted marijuana in a plot of up to 25 square feet or possessed up to an ounce for personal use. It also would have ...

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CALIFORNIA: Attorney General Jerry Brown Defeats Meg “$150M” Whitman

Meg Whitman pissed away $150M of her own money in her losing bid to Attorney General Jerry Brown, giving her the all-time global record for most money ever wasted on a losing political campaign. Please please let there be a photo op when the Guiness Book Of Hilarious Records shows up at her house tomorrow. On a more serious note, ...

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Noose Hung At Equality California

Workers arrived at the Santa Ana office of Equality California to find a small string noose hanging from the door. Local police were uninterested. EQCA employee Mel Distel relates her exchange with the cop who responded to her call: “There was nothing they could do, of course, there was no suspect and no crime had been committed. The officer said ...

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New York Times Asks: Why Aren’t Gays Fired Up Against Meg Whitman?

The New York Times observes that there appears to be “little passion” among LGBT voters regarding the outcome of California’s gubernatorial race. And that’s curious because Meg Whitman has vowed to attempt to defend Proposition 8 in the Ninth Circuit Court, should she be elected. Intervention would be an “unprecedented situation,” said Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the law school at ...

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CALIFORNIA: AG Jerry Brown Holding Nice Lead Over Meg Whitman

The last couple of polls including the one published yesterday show Attorney General Jerry Brown sitting on a rather comfortable lead over Meg Whitman. That’s potentially good news regarding Proposition 8.

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CALIFORNIA: Sen. Barbara Boxer Holding Decent Lead Over Carly Fiorina

It’s looking more and more like Sen. Barbara Boxer is going to be able to fend off Carly “Demon Sheep” Fiorina, who this week poured another million from her HP golden parachute into her campaign. Fiorina has spent $6.5M of her own money so far, but still lags far behind Boxer in overall fundraising.

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