Tag Archives: California

SF Mayor Gavin Newsom Enters CA Governor Race

Riding high in popularity with the recent gay marriage triumph, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has filed the paperwork to begin his run for governor of California in 2010. Newsom, a Democrat best known for challenging California’s ban on same-sex marriage in 2004, is six months into his second and final term, which expires in 2011. Speculation over whether he ...

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Obama Comes Out Against CA Marriage Ban

Barack Obama has issued a letter to a San Francisco-based gay political group in which he states his opposition to the November ballot measure which would ban gay marriage in California. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, who previously said the issue of gay marriage should be left up to each state, has announced his opposition to a California ballot measure ...

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NRA: We Need More Guns In The Projects

Less than 24 hours after Thursday’s handgun ruling by the Supreme Court, the NRA sued the city of San Francisco to overturn its ban on guns in public housing projects. Interestingly, another pro-gun group joined the suit on behalf of a gay man living in the projects who says he needs a gun to protect himself from bashing. The National ...

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Schwarzenegger On Meet The Press

On Meet The Press yesterday, Tom Brokaw asked California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger about the gay marriage ballot referendum. MR. BROKAW: You have a lot of propositions on the ballot again this fall. One of them would mean a constitutional ban on gay marriages. Do you support that? GOV. SCHWARZENEGGER: No, not at all. As a matter of fact, I think ...

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McSame Joins Gay Haters In CA

It took McSame a long time to finally say what we knew was coming. Here’s his short email to the haters of Protect Marriage. “I support the efforts of the people of California to recognize marriage as a unique institution between a man and a woman, just as we did in my home state of Arizona. I do not believe ...

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Fasting In The Name Of Hate

San Diego-based Pastor Jim Garlow will make a 40-day fast leading up to election day in order to rally evangelical attention to the anti-gay marriage ballot measure. On Wednesday, Garlow took a first step toward organizing clergy in the state, convening a conference call in which more than 1,000 ministers, most from evangelical congregations, discussed tactics for passing a fall ...

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ACLU Wins Big In CA School District

Without a lawsuit, the ACLU has won a broad list of measures to protect LGBT students in a northern California school district. The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU-NC) has reached a settlement with the Upper Lake Union School District that contains a comprehensive series of steps the district will undertake to protect students from anti-gay harassment and discrimination. The agreement ...

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Conservative CA Paper Endorses Marriage Equality

The Orange County Register, the conservative voice of California’s most notoriously conservative county, has published an editorial in support of gay marriage. Our preference would be for the government not to be involved in marriage, the most fundamental of institutions in a civil society. Why two people who want to be married should be required to get a license from ...

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Fundies Give Up SB 777 Repeal

The wingnut failures are coming almost daily lately. Save California, the right-wing group attempting to repeal California’s anti-bullying legislation, SB 777, has announced that they are giving up in order to concentrate on fighting gay marriage. Via California Catholic Daily: In a June 21 email to supporters, Karen England of the Save Our Kids Campaign, the organization pushing the initiative, ...

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CA Supes Asked To Remove Anti-Gay Marriage Ballot Item

Led by Equality California, a coalition of gay rights groups have petitioned the state Supreme Court to remove the anti-gay marriage initiative from the November ballot. Gay-rights advocates asked the California Supreme Court on Friday to remove a proposed state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage from the November ballot, saying it would destroy fundamental rights that cannot be legally altered ...

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2700 CA Licenses In Two Days

California’s county clerks did a week’s worth of business in the first two days of legal gay marriage: In the two days since same-sex couples have been allowed to wed in California, the number of marriage licenses issued statewide has surpassed that of an entire typical June week, according to a Times survey of the state’s 58 county clerks. Just ...

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Haters Fail Again In CA

Another failure by the Liberty Counsel in their desperate last minute bid to stop California’s gay marriages: A California state appeals court on Tuesday refused a motion by a conservative group to halt the rush by same-sex couples to marry. The Campaign for California Families argued that marriage licenses should not be issued until the legislature amends dozens of state ...

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The Hate Truck

These idiots were among the mere dozens of protesters at SF’s City Hall yesterday and were far, far outnumbered by those celebrating. Photo by Storm Bear, from the Bilerico gay marriage photosite.

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Meet The Tyler-Olsons

Robin Tyler and Diane Olson were the first couple married in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon. Fabulous shot by LA Times photographer Luis Sinco.

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Hitched!!!

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Watch Online: First Gay Weddings In CA

You can watch today’s historic gay marriages in California online here. Ceremonies began at 5PM California time.

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The Last Father’s Day

The Family Research Council ran this bit of loveliness in some California newspapers over the weekend.

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Westboro To Picket First Gay Wedding
In San Francisco

Fred Phelps and his Westboro loonies will be picketing at San Francisco City Hall today to picket the wedding of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, the couple that was first to marry there back in 2004 and who will repeat their history ceremony legally today at 5:00PM. But in a way, having a raving nutjob like Phelps there may actually ...

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The Fundies Are Getting Desperate

Check this out: A conservative Christian legal group on Thursday made a last-ditch effort to stop gay marriage from becoming legal in California by asking a midlevel appeals court to temporarily prohibit county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Virginia-based Liberty Counsel, in a petition with the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco, argued that ...

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More On The “Don’t Sue” Memo

Many of you were puzzled or angered by yesterday’s joint statement from a broad coalition of LGBT groups who are asking that out-of-state gays that marry in California not return to their home states and begin filing lawsuits requesting recognition. Today’s Los Angeles Times sheds some light on the story. The memo cautioned that the U.S. Supreme Court has traditionally ...

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