Tag Archives: California

Gay Marriage Ban Overturned In California

Via SFGate.com: The California Supreme Court has overturned a ban on gay marriage, paving the way for California to become the second state where gay and lesbian residents can marry. The case involved a series of lawsuits seeking to overturn a voter-approved law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. With the ruling, California could ...

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CA Supes To Rule On Marriage Tomorrow

A bulletin from the Califoria Supreme Court confirms (PDF) that it will issue its ruling on same-sex marriage tomorrow at 10AM PST. The ruling is expected to be favorable and celebrations are already being planned. You are invited to attend an Interfaith Celebration of Thanksgiving with the Los Angeles plaintiffs in the California Supreme Court marriage case, The Reverend Dr. ...

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Double The Hate, Twice The Hope

Proponents of a proposed anti-gay marriage referendum in California claim to have gathered nearly twice the necessary signatures needed to place the item on the November ballot. The sponsors of a proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage in California said Monday they have gathered enough signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot. A coalition of religious groups ...

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California Supreme Court Rumored To Be Set To Approve Gay Marriage

From the Huffington Post’s Ryan J. Davis: Sources wishing to remain anonymous in the California Court System indicate that the court, which has until June 2, 2008 to issue it’s marriage ruling, is considering issuing it on Friday, May 23, 2008, with the decision being written by Chief Justice Ronald George. The Court is readying itself for a backlash that ...

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Brilliance From San Francisco

There’s a movement afoot among those wacky San Franciscans to rename a local sewage plant in “honor” of George W. Bush. Looking to honor the forty-third President of the United States of America, George W. Bush, the recently formed Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco is looking to change the name of the Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Facility. It seems the ...

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Governator: I Will Fight Gay Marriage Foes

Well, this is a suh-weet way to end the week! Speaking to the annual Log Cabin Republicans convention in San Diego, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said that if the current initiative to ban gay marriage in California makes it to the November ballot, he will fight against its passage. Gay journalist Rex Wockner quotes Schwarzenegger as saying: “Well, first of all, ...

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Gay Marriage Ban May Make CA Ballot

The petition drive to get an anti-gay marriage amendment on California’s November ballot is getting close to the number of signatures needed to succeed. The organization collecting signatures for a proposed amendment banning same-sex marriage in California says it is close to meeting the requirement. Protect Marriage says it has collected 881,000 of the 1.1 million signatures needed. The deadline ...

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Huge Setback For CA Wingnuts

In a stunning blow to California’s rightwing, an appeals court judge has ruled that parents who homeschool their children must have teaching credentials. The ruling arose from a child welfare dispute between the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and Philip and Mary Long of Lynwood, who have been homeschooling their eight children. Mary Long is their ...

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CA State Sen. Carole Migden Fined $350K

In the largest such judgment against a state politician, California State Senator (and open lesbian) Carole Migden (D-SF) has been fined $350,000 for 89 instances of campaign finance and disclosure violations and for personal use of campaign funds. Migden’s attorney claims that the violations were a result of her 10-year bout with leukemia, saying, “She was battling cancer at the ...

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Sacramento’s Gays Vs. Violent Immigrants

The LA Times has an interesting piece on the continuing clash between Sacramento’s gay community and the thousands of evangelical Slavic immigrants who have relocated there in recent years. With as many as 100,000 newcomers from republics such as Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, the Sacramento region has one of the nation’s largest concentrations of Soviet immigrants. Most began arriving ...

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Quadruplets For Lesbian Couple

A lesbian couple in Irvine, California are the proud mamas of quadruplets. Four times the diapers. Four times the formula. Four times the crying, and four times the laundry. Those were just some of the thoughts that raced through the minds of Cristine Gaiennie and her partner, Patsy Lovell, when they discovered they were expecting quadruplets – two boys and ...

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Gavin Newsom For CA Gov?

SF Mayor Gavin Newsom is plotting a run for the governorship of California. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom who gained international notoriety when he issued marriage licenses for same-sex couples in 2004 is reportedly considering a run for governor in 2010. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Newsom has been meeting quietly over the past few months with Democratic strategists. ...

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LA Times Digs Into Lawrence King Story

The Los Angeles Times has published a piece investigating the backgrounds of Lawrence King and his murderer Brandon McInerney. For teens living in a shelter for abused and neglected children, school can provide a daily dose of normalcy, a place to fit in, a chance to be just another kid. It didn’t turn out that way for Lawrence King. According ...

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CA Supes Seem Split On Gay Marriage,
Loss For Gay Side Predicted

With anti and pro-gay demonstrators outside, in yesterday’s arguments the California Supreme Court seemed to be split in their opinions on marriage equality, with some legal experts predicting a loss for our side. Dale Carpenter, a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, issued this opinion: [T]the most likely result is that the gay-marriage litigants will lose 4-3 or ...

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CA Supes Hear Gay Marriage Case Today

The California Supreme Court will hear the long-awaited gay marriage case today. Locals can watch live on the California Channel from 9am – 12pm Pacific. For the rest of us, there will be a live webcast. In briefs submitted to the court, same-sex marriage supporters argue that California’s Constitution leaves no room for denying gay men and lesbians the right ...

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SF Pride Throws Pink Brick At HRC

San Francisco Pride has nominated the Human Rights Campaign for their annual Pink Brick award, the first time a LGBT organization has received such a dubious distinction. The Pink Brick is meant to recognize groups or persons on the wrong side of the fight for LGBT equality. While no other LGBT groups have been nominated since the award was created ...

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Angry Parents Jam School Meeting To Demand Answers On King Shooting

The murder of Lawrence King brought hordes of angry parents to his middle school yesterday. Hundreds of parents filled an Oxnard gymnasium Tuesday night to ask hard questions about why school officials didn’t intervene more aggressively in an escalating feud between two students, which ended last week with the shooting death of 15-year-old student Lawrence King. In orderly fashion, one ...

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Lawrence King Remembered
At Two Large Gatherings

A total of over 1000 people gathered at two locations on Friday and Saturday in Oxnard, California to honor the memory of Lawrence King, 15, an openly gay middle-school student who was shot in the head last Tuesday by Brandon McInerney, a 14 year-old fellow 8th grader. New reports suggest that days before the shooting King may have told McInerney ...

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Lawrence King Donation Fund

Please consider sending a donation to the Ventura County Rainbow Alliance in memory of Lawrence King, a flamboyant, effeminate gay kid who was murdered for having the courage to be exactly the person he was. The above link will take you to a PayPal donation page where you can make a tax-deductible contribution with a mere click of your wrist. ...

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Lawrence King Killing “Premeditated”,

Ventura County, California prosecutors have declared that the shooting of Lawrence King by 14 year-old Brandon McInerney (left) was a premeditated hate crime. McInerney’s family was in a Ventura courtroom Thursday as the adolescent was brought into a holding chamber to face charges. His arraignment was delayed to give his attorney time to review the police investigation before entering a ...

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