Tag Archives: California

AFER Graphic On Prop 8 Outcomes

The Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling this month. Rulings come on Mondays, so the next possible date is June 10th.

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California Marriage Support Grows

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Federal Appeals Court Rules Customers Can Sue Stores For False Discount Claims

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that customers are entitled to sue retailers who inflate prices in order to claim massive sale discounts. The ruling came in the case of a California man who sued Kohl’s over luggage and shirt prices. “Price advertisements matter,” Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote for a three-judge panel. “When a consumer purchases merchandise on …

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Harvey Milk Day – Hope

Video by Sean Chapin. “What came to be called ‘The Hope Speech’ was initially conceived as a stump address, wherein Milk attempted to embolden a strong GLBTQ nationalism within the Castro, while also appealing for an alliance with other disenfranchised groups and straight folks,” wrote Jason Edward Black and Charles E. Morris III in their anthology An Archive of Hope: …

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CA Hate Group Calls On Parents To Keep Kids Home On Harvey Milk Day

Save California has launched a radio and web campaign urging parents to keep their kids out of school during Harvey Milk Day observations.  In 2009 then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill designating May 22nd as a “special day of recognition” in California.  Save California has called for keeping kids out of school every year since then, but this year’s marks …

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CALIFORNIA: Bill To Expand Rights For Homeless Clears Assembly Committee

Yesterday a bill that would expand the rights of homeless people passed 7-2 in the California Assembly Judiciary Committee.  Sponsored by openly gay Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, the bill could supersede San Francisco’s famed/infamous ordinance which bans lying or sitting on public sidewalks. Under the measure, a person’s housing status would be added to the list of categories included in the …

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SF Marriage Proposal Flash Mob

(Tipped by JMG reader Beeblemeyer)

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Gay Nightclub Sued By Two Women Who Claim They Were Raped By Staffers

Popular West Hollywood gay nightclub The Abbey is being sued by two women who claim that they were drugged and raped by club staffers. According to the lawsuit a gay woman who says she had never had sexual relations with a man was at The Abbey with her girlfriend in November, 2011. She says she and her girlfriend had a …

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Michelle Shocked Tapes Mouth, Stages Protest Outside Canceled Venue

Via the Santa Cruz Sentinel: Face covered and mouth taped shut, alternative folk and rock singer Michelle Shocked staged a sit in outside a Santa Cruz nightclub that canceled her show because she made an anti-gay slur at a San Francisco club earlier this month. The tape across her mouth said “Silenced By Fear.” When asked a question, Shocked shook …

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More From SCOTUSblog

SCOTUSblog has issued their first analysis: Much will be written about the Proposition 8 oral argument. The bottom line, in my opinion, is that the Court probably will not have the five votes necessary to get to any result at all, and almost certainly will not have five votes to decide the merits of whether Proposition 8 is constitutional. Several …

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Protect Marriage: We Caught Judge Vaughn Walker Working With Ted Olson

Three months ago now-retired Prop 8 Judge Vaughn Walker emailed Ted Olson to ask whether he should attend next week’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court. Armed (somehow) with a copy of that email, Protect Marriage is claiming that Walker’s request demonstrates “the cozy relationship between Walker and our opponents, casting even more doubt on the legitimacy of Walker’s one-sided …

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12 States Working On Marriage

Marriage Equality USA’s Ned Flaherty makes some bold predictions today at Policy Mic: The next 12 states where legalization is underway are known, and the order in which they’re finishing is now predictable. By the end of 2014, these next 12 states will join the 10 other jurisdictions that already have full marriage equality: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Iowa, Maine, …

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Tony Perkins: Obama’s Brief Is Tyranny

“To the 7,001,084 Californians who exercised their constitutional right to protect marriage, the President’s decision is a deep betrayal of the democratic process and America’s identity of political diversity. Making matters worse, the President’s plan for disenfranchising these millions of voters is bringing the full weight of the government to bear against its own people! By enlisting the Justice Department, …

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California Files Prop 8 Brief

From the brief’s conclusion: “Proponents lack standing to pursue this appeal. If this Court has jurisdiction over their appeal, it should affirm the decision below.” NOTE: Today is the deadline for amicus briefs on both cases and AFER tells us that there will be an avalanche of filings. I’ll pull out the most interesting ones and provide a recap later …

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New California Marriage Poll

Click over to Zack Ford at Think Progress for the rest of the results.

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Liberty Counsel Files Final Brief To Block CA Ban On “Ex-Gay” Therapy

The Liberty Counsel has filed its final reply brief in their battle to block California’s ban on “ex-gay” torture for LGBT minors.  Via press release: The Reply Brief points out that SB 1172 is unconstitutional because it bans one viewpoint on same-sex sexual attractions, behavior, or identity. Affirming homosexuality is permitted, but counsel to change is banned. The Reply Brief …

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REPORT: Openly Gay CA Assembly Speaker John Perez Up For Secretary Of Labor

According to the Los Angeles Daily News, openly gay California Assembly Speaker John Perez is on the short list to replace Hilda Solis, who resigned as Secretary of Labor last month. If chosen and approved, Perez would become the first-ever gay member of a presidential cabinet.  Typical for these situations, Perez is being cagey about his prospects. “Look, I’m always …

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AIDS Group Files OSHA Complaints Against Bareback Gay Porn Companies

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which successfully lobbied for a condoms-in-porn law in Los Angeles County, has filed workplace safety complaints against several California-based gay porn companies that specialize in unprotected sex scenes.  Via press release: AHF this week filed formal ‘Notice of Safety or Health Hazards’ complaints with Cal/OSHA (California’s Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health), …

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Headline Of The Day

The Los Angeles Times breaks the story: In the midst of renewed public outrage over its handling of the priest molestation cases, the Los Angeles Archdiocese is considering a $200-million fund-raising campaign. The archdiocese has hired a New York company, Guidance in Giving, to study the feasibility of a capital campaign that would shore up the church’s finances. The archdiocese …

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LOS ANGELES: Lesbian Officers Targeted By Fugitive Ex-Cop Suspected Of Murder

Multiple law enforcement agencies across southern California are conducting a joint manhunt for a former Los Angeles cop suspected of murdering three people, including a member of the LAPD. Local news outlets have published a lengthy manifesto from Christopher Dorner, 33, in which he vows revenge on lesbian, Latino, and Asian members of the police. An excerpt: Those Hispanic officers …

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