Mega Prop 8 Update 11-14-08: News, Protests, Links, Video
National protests Saturday in every state across the nation - Join the Impact.
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.
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."
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.'"
GAVIN NEWSOM: On Prop 8, the fight continues.
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."
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.
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:
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..."
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."
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."
"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.
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."
L.A. Times: Boycott talk spreads...
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.'"
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:
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.