Tag Archives: California

Brandon McInerney To Be Tried As Adult

A Ventura County, California judge has ruled that the 14-year-old killer of gay teen Lawrence King will be tried as an adult. Relying on past court decisions, a judge ruled Thursday that trying a 14-year-old boy accused of murder in an adult court does not violate the constitution, swatting down legal arguments raised by the boy’s attorney that it was …

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LA Police Chief Donates Against Prop.8

Los Angeles chief of police William J. Bratton supports gay marriage and has made a personal donation to the fight against Proposition 8. LAPD Police Chief William J. Bratton has come out — in favor of gay marriage. As a wedding gift to friend and celebrity publicist Howard Bragman and his longtime partner, Chuck O’Donnell, Bratton made it official: He …

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Majority Oppose Prop 8

Using the same language as the amendment, a new Field Poll shows that a majority of Californians continue to oppose Proposition 8. Pollsters expect opposition to grow. Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in California, is opposed by 51 percent of likely voters with 42 percent in favor, according to a new Field Poll. Those results …

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CA Supremes: Prop 8 Stays On Ballot

In a setback for the marriage equality battle in California, this afternoon the state Supreme Court refused to remove Proposition 8 from the November ballot. The state Supreme Court refused today to remove a proposed ban on same-sex marriage from the November ballot. The initiative, Proposition 8, is a state constitutional amendment that would overturn the court’s May 15 ruling …

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Rift Develops Between Prop. 8 Backers

There’s trouble between the two biggest backers of California’s Proposition 8, the November ballot measure that would overturn gay marriage. One group of haters doesn’t want the other group of haters joining the fight to keep the measure on the ballot. Because, get this, they hate TOO much. A united front by conservative forces against same-sex marriage in California is …

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No Gifts, Please

Many marrying mo’s in California are requesting no wedding gifts, instead they are asking friends and family to donate to the fight against Proposition 8. Gays and lesbians marrying in California are ditching traditional wedding gifts and asking friends to contribute money to fight a ballot measure that would make their unions illegal. A month after California began legally marrying …

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Boycott Launched Against CA Hotelier

A coalition of marriage equality advocates and a hotel workers union in California are calling for a boycott of Hyatt hotels owned by San Diego tycoon Doug Manchester after he donated $125K in support of Proposition 8, the November ballot measure that would overturn gay marriage. The group’s message Thursday was to urge residents and tourists to stay at other …

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Hands Free

A hilarious take on Bluetooth douchebaggery and California’s new law against using cell phones while driving.

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Betting On Gay Marriage

Intrade, the online stock trading /gambling site that allows players to bet on social issues rather than sports, is currently showing California’s gay marriage amendment as selling at 40, meaning that only 40% of the site’s thousands of traders believe that gay marriage will be overturned. If you buy at 40 and the players’ opinions turn in the amendment’s favor, …

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DJ Cary Stringfellow, 36

Renowned circuit party DJ Cary Stringfellow was found dead on Saturday after he failed to appear for his headlining performance at California’s IndepenDance party in Long Beach. Last weekend Stringfellow headlined at San Francisco Pride’s Saturday night event, Frisco Disco. I’m told that Stringfellow committed suicide and left a note.

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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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