Tag Archives: California

Yes On 8 Attacker Pleads No Contest To Hate Crimes Charge

Anger management classes, three years of probation, and 100 hours community service for beating a gay man with a Yes On 8 yard sign. Fair? A 23-year-old father who used a campaign sign opposing same-sex marriage to attack a gay man on a Torrance street was ordered Monday to take lessons on managing anger and intolerance. As part of a …

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Brandon McInerney’s Dad Found Dead

William McInerney, the father of the 15 year-old confessed murderer of gay teen Lawrence King, was found dead this morning. William McInerney, 45, was found dead about 7:30 a.m. today at his home in the 2500 block of Roosevelt Boulevard. He was found by a friend who was picking him up to take him to his son’s preliminary hearing this …

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Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Anti-Gay Christian Student Group

The Alliance Defense Fund, the losing-est Christianist outfit ever, has lost again. UC Hastings College of the Law can deny recognition and funding to a Christian student group because it excludes gays, lesbians and non-Christians, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The San Francisco law school is entitled to require official student organizations to “accept all comers as members, even …

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Hate Crimes Surge In Wake Of Prop 8

CORRECTION: The source for the below story incorrectly states the number of hate crimes in California. The number cited is in fact for Santa Clara County only. I’ll update the post with the accurate number shortly. California saw the number of anti-gay hate crimes increase from three in 2007 to 14 last year, leading some to conclude that the contentious …

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Day Of Decision Rally Planned For CA

Activist Robin Tyler is organizing a statewide Day Of Decision rally to take place on the evening of the California Supreme Court ruling on overturning Prop 8. “Win or lose, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community & our allies must respond immediately to the forthcoming California Supreme Court decision on whether to invalidate Proposition 8,” says veteran activist …

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Meet In The Middle 4 Equality

Central California is planning a special marriage rally on the Saturday after the state Supreme Court issues its ruling on Prop 8. Rally for national LGBT equality the first Saturday AFTER the California Supreme Court issues its rulings on the Proposition 8 cases. Meet on the steps of City Hall in downtown Fresno at 1:00 PM. Why Fresno? The battle …

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CA: Here Come The Ballot Drives

Two new California groups are working on 2010 marriage equality ballot amendments, but they have very different goals. The first is aiming for a straight-forward (heh) repeal of Proposition 8. “Our logic is that we should not put all our eggs in one basket and wait for the Supreme Court,” said Charles Lowe, who after campaigning against Proposition 8 founded …

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Live Stream: California Supreme Court Hearing On Overturning Prop 8

LIVE FEED ENDED. Oral arguments on overturning Proposition 8 begin at the California Supreme Court in San Francisco at 9am local time (noon on the East Coast.) I recommend opening this post in a separate window at once, as you may not be able to get on to this live stream later. If this video feed crashes, you can try …

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Tonight: Eve Of Justice Rallies Across CA In Advance Of Prop 8 Hearing

Major rallies are planned for tonight in numerous California cities in advance of tomorrow’s Supreme Court hearing on the overturn of Proposition 8. Visit the Eve Of Justice site for locations in your town. The rally in Los Angeles begins at 5:30PM at El Pueblo De Los Angeles Park: Special guests include Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LAMBDA Legal representative Jenny Pizer, …

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LA Times: CA Supreme Court May Reveal Prop 8 Stance Tomorrow

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the California Supreme Court may reveal how they will vote on overturning Proposition 8 as soon as tomorrow. Prospects appear dim for our side. The California Supreme Court may reveal Thursday whether it intends to uphold Proposition 8, and if so, whether an estimated 18,000 same-sex marriages will remain valid, during a high-stakes …

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Friendly Voices – Jerry Brown

“Fundamental rights in California are recognized and protected by our constitution, which declares in Article I, Section 1 that “all people are by nature free and independent and have inalienable rights” and “among these are enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy.” “These fundamental premises of a free …

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Sean Penn Campaigns For Milk Holiday

Fresh off his Oscar win, Sean Penn has joined the reinvigorated campaign to have Harvey Milk Day declared a state holiday in California. Today Penn will appear at a press conference to lobby for Senate Bill 572. The bill would designate May 22 as “a day of special significance in California,” in which public schools would be encouraged “to conduct …

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CA Legislature Passes Resolutions Condemning Prop 8

Yesterday both chambers of California’s legislature passed resolutions declaring that Proposition 8 was an “illegal and unprecedented revision” to the state constitution. The state Senate and Assembly resolutions were both introduced by openly gay men: Sen. Mark Leno (D-SF) and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-SF). Equality California, via press release: [A] full 17 Senators and 40 Assemblymembers signed on as resolution …

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Thursday: Prop 8 Overturn Arguments To Be Heard By CA Supreme Court

JMG reader Sean Chapin sends us his clip promoting this week’s Eve Of Justice candlelight vigils /rallies which take place around California this Wednesday, the day before the California Supreme Court hears arguments on overturning Prop 8. Wednesday, March 4 is the day before the California Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the validity of Prop 8. That evening, we’ll …

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Inside the Yes On 8 Campaign

Two key organizers of the Yes On 8 campaign, Frank Schubert and Jeff Flint, have written a fascinating assessment of the Proposition 8 battle. Here’s just a snippet of their Politics Magazine piece. Our strategy had anticipated that the No on 8 campaign would label as “shameful lies” any claim that gay marriage had anything to do with schools, so …

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CA Legislature Sees Bill Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Use

Openly gay California state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-SF) has introduced a bill which would make California the first state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The proposal would regulate marijuana like alcohol, with people over 21 years old allowed to grow, buy, sell and possess cannabis – all of which is barred by federal law. Ammiano, a Democrat in …

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Father Of Brandon McInerney Arrested

The father of Brandon McInerney, the California student who murdered gay teen Lawrence King, has been arrested on two felony counts of making criminal threats and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime. William Frederick McInerney, 46, had his first court appearance Friday since being arrested Wednesday. He pleaded not guilty, court records show. Judge Colleen Toy White set bail …

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Lawrence King’s Family Sues Everybody For Not Destroying His Gayness

The family of murdered gay teen Lawrence King has filed suit against just about everybody that ever knew him for not insisting that he “tone down” his feminine ways. Because that’s why he was murdered. Not because Brandon McInerney was a Nazi-obsessed skinhead wannabe who hated gays. The family of a gay teenager who was shot to death in class …

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“Ask God What Your Grade Is”

Los Angeles City College is being sued for religious discrimination after a public speaking professor refused to allow a student to complete his speech in support of traditional marriage. The lawsuit also seeks to overturn university rules on offensive speech by students. A classroom dispute at Los Angeles City College in the emotional aftermath of Proposition 8 has given rise …

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On Anniversary Of Lawrence King’s Murder Comes New Revelations

Today is the anniversary of gay teen Lawrence King’s murder by fellow classmate Brandon McInerney. Yesterday the prosecutor in the case revealed that according to students, King was not, in fact, sexually harassing McInerney. Lawrence “Larry” King wasn’t sexually harassing fellow eighth-grade student Brandon McInerney in the weeks leading up to King’s shooting death, prosecutors contend in court documents. McInerney …

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