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Mega Prop 8 Update 11-14-08: News, Protests, Links, Video

road.jpg National protests Saturday in every state across the nation - Join the Impact.

Defendequality_shepardfaire_5road.jpg EXCLUSIVE: Shepard Fairey, creator of the iconic Obama "Hope" image, has designed a poster for Prop 8 and the LGBT campaign for equal rights. High-res versions now available HERE.

road.jpg Marriage equality foes now using Elton John as an ally because of these remarks.

road.jpg Civil rights groups ask California Supreme Court to stop enactment of Prop 8: "Civil rights groups today filed a petition with the California Supreme Court to stop the enactment of Proposition 8 because it would mandate discrimination against a minority group and did not follow the process required for fundamental revisions to the California Constitution. In the petition, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Equal Justice Society, California NAACP and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. argue that in order to protect the fundamental rights of all Californians, a higher standard is required to overturn the right to marry. Minority communities cannot be stripped of their fundamental rights by a simple majority vote."

road.jpg You wish it was 1,000 Bill. Multiply that by 10. O'Reilly warns wingnuts that this is just the gateway drug in the culture wars: "So you can see the debate over gay marriage is now a full fledge national battle. As talking points said last night the election of Barack Obama has emboldened secular progressives who feel it is their time. Gay marriage just the beginning. Other cultural war issues will also be in display very shortly. These include limiting gun possession, legalizing narcotics, unrestricted abortion and the revocation of the Patriot Act."

road.jpg The State Supreme Court has asked Attorney General Jerry Brown to reply by Monday to lawsuits challenging the legality of Prop 8, suggesting the court is taking them very seriously: "The filing the court requested from Brown's office will not address the ballot measure's validity, but will focus instead on the initial questions of whether the justices should accept the suits for review - and, if so, whether they should suspend Prop. 8 while they decide the case, said the state's lawyer, Christopher Krueger, a senior assistant attorney general. Suspending Prop. 8 would allow same-sex marriages to resume."

road.jpg NAMES quilt creator Cleve Jones and Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black have called for a seven-week sustained campaign to secure equal rights for LGBT Americans.

road.jpg USA Today: After passage of Prop 8, support for same-sex marriage grows.

Burgessroad.jpg Phyliss Burgess, the Prop 8 supporter in Palm Springs who had her cross torn from her hands and stomped on by a group of 'No on 8' protestors plans to press charges.

road.jpg Californians Against Hate "filed a complaint with California's Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), alleging The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints failed to report nonmonetary contributions that helped pass the measure, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman." Salt Lake Tribune: "Fred Karger, the advocacy organization's founder, wrote in a letter to the FPPC and attorneys general Edmund G. Brown Jr. of California and Mark Shurtleff of Utah that the church 'has been highly secretive about its massive involvement in the campaign, but we managed to piece together evidence of some of their more visible activities done directly to communicate with California voters.'"

road.jpg GAVIN NEWSOM: On Prop 8, the fight continues.

road.jpg California county clerks are confused as to when same-sex marriage ban begins: "County clerks across California are clamoring for legal advice to resolve confusion about when to begin the gay-marriage ban that voters passed last week in a ballot initiative. At least three same-sex couples have obtained marriage licenses since the Nov. 4 passage of the measure overturning the state Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage."

road.jpg The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Invalidate Prop 8 campaign to raise funds to fight the legal battles against Prop 8's passage has raised more than $60,000 and sent more than 2,300 postcards to Mormon church President Thomas Monson, acknowledging that a donation has been made in his name to invalidate Prop. 8 and restore fundamental civil rights to all Californians. Here's their press release (PDF) on the disbursement of those funds.

road.jpg Bill O'Reilly's disgusting take on the Prop 8 battle. He hates gays so much, and he really still wants that war pitting gays against Blacks, and activist Jasmyne Cannick seems to want to assist him:

Perhaps Cannick should listen to Reverend Irene Monroe and Whoopi Goldberg. Please, no racist flames against Cannick. She has the right to her opinion even though imho it's pretty inflammatory.

road.jpg DAVID MIXNER: Proposition 8 and race. "Among the most foolish has been the dialogue around the African-American vote in California. It has been tinged in places with racism, not based totally on good knowledge, lacks a historical perspective and certainly doesn't create an atmosphere to build a better coalition..."

Signroad.jpg Sign at Kim Light/Lightbox Gallery in Culver City, Los Angeles reads: "WARNING: This area may contain homosexuals, which are known by the State of California to be harmful to the sanctity of heterosexual marriage."

road.jpg A lesbian mother in Fresno has been asked to resign from her position as president of the PTA at her son's Catholic school: "Robin McGehee, who enrolled her son Sebastian at St. Helens Catholic School, says she went to a vigil for the 'No on Proposition 8' campaign last Thursday. After that, a priest from the Diocese of Fresno told her to step down because she had gone against church teachings. The PTA's vice president, Tiffany Rodriquez, confirmed that McGehee was removed. Rodriquez herself resigned in protest of her removal."

Mormontempleroad.jpg "Letters containing a suspicious white powder" were apparently sent to two Mormon temples in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City: "The temple in the Westwood area of Los Angeles was evacuated before a hazardous materials crew determined the envelope's contents were not toxic, said FBI spokesman Jason Pack. The temple in downtown Salt Lake City, where the church is based, received a similar envelope containing a white powder that spilled onto a clerk's hand. The room was decontaminated and the envelope taken by the FBI for testing. The clerk showed no signs of illness, but the scare shut down a building at Temple Square for more than an hour, said Scott Freitag, a spokesman for the Salt Lake City Fire Department. None of the writing on the envelope was threatening, and the church received no calls or messages related to the package, Freitag said." Or, of course, they were sent there by anti-gays wanting gays to be seen as domestic terrorists.

Leatherbysroad.jpg Prop 8 victors, particularly Dave Leatherby, owner of the Leatherby Family Creamery in Sacramento, upset by personal attacks: "Leatherby and his family donated about $20,000 for the passage of Proposition 8. A devout Catholic and father of 10, Leatherby supported the measure for religious reasons. He said his business has been targeted by bloggers as a result, and that he is particularly confused because his business has participated in the annual gay pride Rainbow Festival."


road.jpg L.A. Times: Boycott talk spreads...

road.jpg According to the Hot Blog, "The Festival Director of FIND's LA Film Festival, Rich Raddon, came up on a “Yes On 8” donation list this morning. $1500...And I must say, positions amongst FIND insiders are widely varied. The phrase 'witch hunt' has been used... as has 'I can't see ever sitting down at a meeting table with him again.'"

road.jpg EL COYOTE: Here's a great report on Marjorie Christoffersen's meeting at popular Los Angeles Mexican restaurant El Coyote over her donation to Proposition 8. And two videos:

road.jpg The CEO of Cinemark cinemas, Alan Stock, gave $9999 to the "Yes on 8" campaign. It's a huge international chain of cinemas. The Sundance Film festival will be using some of Cinemark's theatres to screen its films.

road.jpg Damage control at Marriott hotels. Here's the reason for the damage control.

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  1. People, it's no good sending good cocaine to the Mormons! Please, don't waste it!

    Kidding aside, I have a HARD TIME believing some gay people sent them anthrax. Liberals don't do shit like this. This is fabricated by the Morms since they are hellbent on outvictimizing the gays. Someone needs to call the Waaaaaahmbulance on these people. They are shameless.

    Posted by: Alex | Nov 14, 2008 10:15:49 AM

  2. Suspicious white powder sent to Mormon churches?

    Great... Maybe now gay people are terrorists...

    Posted by: LightningLord | Nov 14, 2008 10:17:43 AM

  3. I doubt if Cannick really wants to assist the right wing nut crowds, I think that she is ticked off by being called a racial slur by some of the gays. The lesson is that not all blacks are homophobic, but, call them a slur, as more than a few have in the past couple of weeks with glee, you have lost most of them gay or even the more liberal straight ones.

    Its going to take black people to educate black people, just like it will take Asians and Hispanics to educate their communities, and, going after them with rage and hate isn't going to help.

    And, its easy to find out who put money into this hate filled Prop 8 and, each and everyone of the business should be called out and boycotted, since in the end, money speaks louder than anything else in this country.

    Posted by: Sebastian | Nov 14, 2008 10:18:40 AM

  4. Obama and Biden oppose Gay Marriage.

    Posted by: joe | Nov 14, 2008 10:18:48 AM

  5. I would gently suggest not featuring Cannick's ranting on the site. She's got a right to her opinion, but it's not a legitimate take on the situation. Like Ann Coulter, her statements aren't meant to be an objective, informed impression of the situation, and shouldn't be treated as such.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Nov 14, 2008 10:19:38 AM

  6. Andy: Your postings and compilations re Prop 8 are an IMMENSE service to the world, and our future.

    I would, however, stop publicizing Jasmyne Cannick. I have zero tolerance for racial bigotry, and am a vehement supporter of correcting racial inequality and injustice. But Ms. Cannick is destructive. She wants to hold one matter of justice hostage as a way to attempt to correct another, which is horrifying. She is the Fred Phelps of our side and should be given as little publicity as possible.

    Posted by: Thank You | Nov 14, 2008 10:40:29 AM

  7. Marjorie Christoffersen from El Coyote - what a performance!

    I stopped going there a couple of years ago after complaining about a comment made by a busboy (in Spanish) about two mostly drunk (and there's a lot of that in El Coyote) gay guys who were carrying on a little too much for his tastes (he called them disgusting whores). This was while a straight couple, across the isle were practically having sex in their booth - to no comment, just smiles and snickers. The manager didn't take my complaint very seriously. That was it for me.

    El Coyote will survive THE BOYCOTT - Christoffersen just won't be the owner. As it should be.

    Posted by: David B. | Nov 14, 2008 10:42:19 AM

  8. Bill O'Reilly's sole point in bringing Jasmyne Cannick and Wayne Besen together is to fan the racial flames, pit minorities against one another, and make gay people as scary as he finds black people. Tony Perkins did the same thing on Anderson's show. Cannick and Besen both have valid points, but THAT is not the ultimate point. The ultimate point is that we deserve equal marriage rights, something they AGREE on, as much as O'Reilly tries to goad them (successfully, alas) into being enemies. Don't take the racial bait, or you'll be giving Bill O' a big O. The Colbert Report is brilliantly examining the absurdity of the right-wing-hyped black/gay culture war. Watch him instead of Bill!

    "Obama and Biden oppose Gay Marriage."
    FYI, Joe, the election is over, and everyone on Towleroad is well aware of their positions. They are wrong on marriage, and they are politicians. They also oppose Prop 8.

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 14, 2008 10:42:25 AM

  9. I second The Milkman.

    Otherwise: Great work, Andy!!

    Posted by: Thank You | Nov 14, 2008 10:43:15 AM

  10. Ernie: All your comments are dead on - thanks!!

    Posted by: Thank You | Nov 14, 2008 10:45:34 AM

  11. Boo hoo is right. The bible says that blessed are those who are persecuted in My name. I think it also says somewhere that if you mess with the bull you might get the horns. If not, it should.

    Posted by: Bob | Nov 14, 2008 10:47:42 AM

  12. No she DOESN'T 'have a right to her opinion'! What a pathetic mealy-mouthed way of allowing our sworn enemies to shit and piss all over us!

    The woman has no notion of gay African-American history and no interest in learning. She flames herself.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Nov 14, 2008 10:51:26 AM

  13. It would be really helpful if you could make a list of national corporations to boycott as a result of their leader's support for Prop 8. Right now I have Cinemark, JetBlue, Marriott, and American Express.

    Posted by: Sameer | Nov 14, 2008 11:04:34 AM

  14. has there been any mention on how marjorie christoffersen actually voted on prop 8?

    i assume she voted yes but i'm just curious

    Posted by: micheal d | Nov 14, 2008 11:05:08 AM

  15. From the build-up, I thought Jazymne was going say some really crazy stuff. What I thought I heard her say was that the communications strategy regarding marriage equality was not successful given the fact that the African American civil rights movement arose from the church. I think that is true. You've got to take that into account when making arguments to the AA community.

    That said, O'Reilly is all over this and now conservatives will be too. It is going to be very hard to put that genie back in the bottle.

    One more thing that people on here need to know: Cannick WAS part of the National Black Justice Coalition. She isn't anymore. From what I hear, it was because of her incendiary language and attitude. My point is that black people reject her tone too. She doesn't NOT speak for black people.

    Posted by: Brandon | Nov 14, 2008 11:13:33 AM

  16. Great post. I don't know whether to laugh or cry when I read some of the wingnut reactions to Prop 8 protests and boycotts--It is kind of hilarious to listen to them get so hysterical, but then it's tragic once you realize how many people actually buy that crap.

    Case in point, the terrifying glitter siege on a Michigan church:

    Glitter by the bucketload? Why, god, WHY?

    Posted by: StephanieInCA | Nov 14, 2008 11:20:41 AM

  17. Forgot to make the link live, sorry!

    Glitter? Oh, the humanity

    Posted by: StephanieInCA | Nov 14, 2008 11:22:27 AM

  18. Gavin Newsom rules in just about every possible way. People who say he set back the movement seem to forget that he played a crucial role in starting it. History will be on his side.

    Posted by: Paull R | Nov 14, 2008 11:22:28 AM

  19. Sorry 4 the second post, but there's something else I want to say. When I was a kid, MLK Day was not originally a holiday. I remember that campaign and how my dad stayed home, refused to shop, etc., to show economic clout. It took a while, but they did it. (I note that John McCain voted AGAINST making MLK Day a national holiday.) To this day, I still feel a little weird doing anything on MLK Day as a result.

    If we are going to get active, we need something more than an amorphous seven weeks to equality campaign. (This isn't a dig at guys proposing this. I'm glad they had the guts to put something out there.) But, I think something tangible and measurable is necessary to demonstrate the importance and power of gay people.

    Posted by: Brandon | Nov 14, 2008 11:29:17 AM

  20. Great work Andy!

    Posted by: Darren | Nov 14, 2008 11:37:20 AM

  21. I used to contribute to at least four organizations that assisted the less fortunate. All of the latest appeals for funds were returned with an explanation that, given the result of the California voter repeal of the right to marry for same sex couples, I no longer wished to contribute to the general welfare of a population that would oppress me. Let the heterosexual voters of this nation care and feed for the unwanted children of it's sexual indiscretions and the hungry parents who planted the seeds of hate. They can do it without my gay money.

    Posted by: Robert | Nov 14, 2008 11:39:52 AM

  22. I think the argument from the supporters of Prop 8 that "why can't the other side be as tolerant now of differing viewpoints" is infuriating. There is a huge difference between tolerating viewpoints and legislating against viewpoints that differ from one's own. I think boycotts are a great way to go, and I think that these supporters should feel, at least on some level, feel the effects of their bigotry.

    Posted by: Morgan | Nov 14, 2008 11:42:22 AM

  23. Love your site, appreciate this round-up.

    I offer my blog to anyone who needs a laugh during this struggle---it's a compendium of some of the most outrageously dumb shit written by marriage-equality opponents (with annotation). They may be able to marry, but at least we can spell "polygamy."

    Posted by: FundamentallyFlawed | Nov 14, 2008 11:42:46 AM

  24. El Coward- go to Taco Bell.I cancelled my American Express card today and told the agent why.

    Posted by: 2nd Class Citizen | Nov 14, 2008 11:45:01 AM

  25. I smell Reichtag fire! It would be the first time this year of alleged crimes committed by us 'liberals' only to be then revealed to be one that did it themselves.

    Posted by: Gary | Nov 14, 2008 11:59:45 AM

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