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California High Court Preparing Pro-Gay Ruling on Marriage?


The Huffington Post's Ryan Davis, who with a coalition of gay leaders in late March flew to California to lobby Schwarzenegger to oppose the Family Research Council's anti-gay marriage ballot initiative, has heard some rumblings from within the California High Court. Schwarzenegger publicly opposed the measure that would ban same-sex marriage at the Log Cabin Republican convention over the weekend, and Davis believes it's because he knows what may happen next month.

SchwarzeneggerWrites 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 may follow the rumored and bold decision. There is talk that the Court will not simply strike down Proposition 22, but will move the State of California toward full marriage, if not even granting full marriage rights for gays and lesbians outright. Obviously aware of what's coming, Gov. Schwarzenegger came out swinging against the FRC's proposed amendment, 'I will always be there to fight against that,' he said to huge applause this weekend at a Log Cabin Republican Convention in San Diego. He went so far as to call the initiative a 'waste of time'" and acknowledge that the people of California are, 'much further along on that issue.' The latest Field Poll shows only 51% of Californians oppose full gay marriage, an 11 point drop since 2000. There seems little doubt that California is moving toward full gay marriage equality."

A seismic prediction, to be sure. We can hope.

Listen to Arnold Schwarzenegger's remarks from last week's LCR confab AFTER THE JUMP...

The Great California Gay Marriage Shift [huffington post]

Schwarzenegger Calls Gay Marriage Ban 'a Total Waste of Time' [tr]
California Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Same-Sex Marriage Case [tr]
CA Anti-Gay Groups Relaunch Effort to Ban Same-Sex Marriage [tr]

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  1. Blue888, Would that I were as sanguine as you about the coming election. I am mightily concerned that McCain is going to win--especially if the Dems go with a traditonal old generation McCain-lite candidate, i.e., Hillary. I have seen McCain in action for many years (several friends worked for him and with him). He is fundamentally unstable (some would say crazy) and enjoys pissing people off just for sport. He is not who we need in already destabilized domestic and international environments.

    Most importantly, the Supremes will likely see at least two, if not three, retirements during the next Presidential term. The most liberal Justices, i.e., those most supportive of privacy rights--and, hence gay civil rights--are barely hanging on. They waited-out Bush but are highly unlikely to outlive another Republican President. We cannot afford to jeopardize our path to full civil rights for gays.

    Would we "survive"? Probably, but the Constitutional acknowledgement of our basic rights, freedoms, and responsibilities will be postponed for a generation. Perhaps it is because I am older than the average Towleroadie but I am not willing to countenance defeat before the campaign has even begun, and especially not before the election has occurred.

    Posted by: rudy | Apr 16, 2008 3:19:00 PM

  2. So Schwarzenegger appeared at a Log Cabinette convention? Where did they hold it? At the local Starbucks? The irony is that the same Log Cabinettes at that meeting are loyal to the party whose biggest backers are running those ads.

    Posted by: Charles Wilson | May 14, 2008 10:46:09 PM

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