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Same-Sex Marriage To Resume In California Within Weeks

In the wake of today's Supreme Court ruling on Prop. 8, overturning it on the grounds of standing, Governor Jerry Brown has announced that same-sex marriage is to resume in California within weeks, the LA Times reports:

California“'I have directed the California Department of Public Health to advise the state’s counties that they must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in California as soon as the Ninth Circuit confirms the stay is lifted,' Brown said in a statement."

Local officials in California say they're prepared to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as soon as they get the official go-ahead:

“'We’re pretty much ready to go,' said Cathy Darling Allen, the clerk for Shasta County and the head of the California Assn. of Clerks and Election officials. 'In 2008, we had some assistance from the state Department of Public Health in making marriage license forms gender neutral. We continue to use those forms today. So the mechanics of the process are ready to go.'"

The LA Times also reports that California Attorney General Kamala Harris will be issuing a statement later today providing further details as to the state's plans for re-implementation.  Though rulings issued by the Supreme Court tend to take 25 to 30 days to take effect, there is some speculation that same-sex marriage could resume sooner given that the lower courts had already ruled against Prop. 8.


California Gov. Jerry Brown Appeals 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Ban Injunction

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The Los Angeles Times reports that California Gov. Jerry Brown, a long-time LGBT ally, today filed an appeal against a court order that halted a California state law banning ex-gay therapy for minors.

The notice of appeal was filed on behalf of Brown and the Medical Board of California by state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which decided Dec. 21 to block the law that took effect Jan. 1 pending a decision on its constitutionality.

A small group of therapists and religious groups argued that the law infringes on their rights to free speech, but Harris has called conversion therapy "unsound and harmful."

Harris asked the court Wednesday to look at a recent decision by U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller upholding the law.

"Defendants wish to apprise the 9th Circuit of a related case currently pending before it … denying a motion for a preliminary injunction that would have enjoined enforcement of Senate Bill 1172," Harris wrote. "Both appeals involve the constitutionality of Senate Bill 1172 and raise the same and/or closely related legal issues."


News: Walmart Madness, Morsi, Pot Plant, 'Downton'

1NewsIcon Egyptians are protesting across the country after President Mohamed Morsi elevated himself to the top of the governmental chain in a "constitutional coup" to take care of "weevils" he claims are corrupting the nation. Opponent and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei said "Morsi today usurped all state powers and appointed himself Egypt's new pharaoh. A major blow to the revolution that could have dire consequences."

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1NewsIcon British radio host Rubina Nasir has been fined for saying gay people are "evil" and deserve to be beaten. "What should be done if they do [practice homosexuality]? If there are two such persons among you, that do this evil, the shameful act, what do you have to do? Torture them; punish them; beat them and give them mental torture," she said, citing the Quran as her source.

1NewsIcon Argentine politician Gabriela Cerruti is being called a "drug pusher" after posting a picture of a pot plant on her Twitter as a means of starting a conversation about decriminalizing marijuana. The pot plant was a gift from gay activist Alex Freyrem.

1NewsIcon Bad lesson: "On Monday, 62 per cent of Alberta school boards voted against adopting a sexual minorities policy at the Alberta School Boards Association conference. Both the Calgary Catholic School District and the Calgary Board of Education voted against, and they were joined by 37 other school boards."

On Monday, 62 per cent of Alberta school boards voted against adopting a sexual minorities policy at the Alberta School Boards Association conference.

Both the Calgary Catholic School District and the Calgary Board of Education voted against, and they were joined by 37 other school boards.

The view of many in the majority, according to various officials, is that individual groups shouldn’t be singled out, and that school board policies cover all variety of discrimination and harassment.



Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/School+boards+reject+separate+policy+sexual+minorities/7597793/story.html#ixzz2D4y52Ajy

On Monday, 62 per cent of Alberta school boards voted against adopting a sexual minorities policy at the Alberta School Boards Association conference.

Both the Calgary Catholic School District and the Calgary Board of Education voted against, and they were joined by 37 other school boards.

The view of many in the majority, according to various officials, is that individual groups shouldn’t be singled out, and that school board policies cover all variety of discrimination and harassment.



Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/School+boards+reject+separate+policy+sexual+minorities/7597793/story.html#ixzz2D4y52Ajy

1NewsIcon After a tumultuous few weeks (to say the least), Chevy Chase is leaving NBC's Community.

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1NewsIcon California Gov. Jerry Brown made history by appointing Jim Hume as the state's first openly gay appellate justice.

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1NewsIcon "The Beautiful Ones."

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1NewsIcon The Obama campaign's couture collaboration with fashion big-wigs paid off: "While President Barack Obama's re-election campaign took heat for launching a high-fashion clothing line as a fundraising tool earlier this year, it turns out the move may not have been such a far-fetched idea. The Obama team's campaign manager, Jim Messina, recently said the line ultimately brought in 'just north of $40 million' –a notable chunk of the more than $644 million raised by the campaign."

1NewsIcon Remember when Paris Hilton met Dame Judi Dench? 2006 was a wild, wild year.


CNN's Brooke Baldwin Grills 'Ex-Gay' Quack Over California's Ban on Reparative Therapy for Minors: VIDEO

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CNN's Brooke Baldwin invited senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and “ex-gay” therapist  and NARTH (National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality) representative Dan Pickup to discuss the law that was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown over the weekend banning harmful "ex-gay" reparative therapy for minors.

Pickup, who claims "ex-gay" therapy saved him after he was physically and emotionally abused as a child, was not happy to be challenged on his claims, which Baldwin and Cohen did proficiently.

The must-watch video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Pickup also announced that NARTH will be filing a lawsuit with conservative legal group The Liberty Counsel challenging the law, this week.

StaverLiberty Counsel discusses the suit on its website:

“The California governor and legislature are putting their own preconceived notions and political ideology ahead of children and their rights to get access to counseling that meets their needs,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “A number of minors who have struggled with same-sex attraction have been able to reduce or eliminate the stress and conflicts in their lives by receiving counseling of their choice which best meets their needs and religious convictions. This bill will harm children, stress families, and place counselors in a catch-22, because they will be forced to violate their licensing ethical codes,” said Staver.
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“We are filing on behalf of mental health professionals who find themselves in a catch-22,” Staver said.  Therapists have an ethical obligation to help clients deal with conflict. If a client is experiencing conflict between religious beliefs and same-sex attractions and wants to prioritize those beliefs over such attractions, the counselor is ethically obligated to directly help or refer for help. Under this law, the counselor will be forced to disregard the client’s religious beliefs or change them. “This bill and the ethical codes of all of the licensing boards in California are on an inevitable collision course,” Staver said. “The licenses of countless mental health professionals hang in the balance.”

Watch the CNN segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

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California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill Banning 'Ex-Gay' Therapy for Minors

Good news. Jerry Brown signed SB 1172, which had languished on his desk for more than amonth after being passed by California's legislature in August, the SF Chronicle reports:

Jerry_brownThe bill, SB1172 by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance (Los Angeles County), bars mental health practitioners from performing so-called reparative therapy, which professional psychological organizations have said may cause harm. Gay rights groups have labeled them dangerous and abusive.

"This bill bans non-scientific 'therapies' that have driven young people to depression and suicide. These practices have no basis in science or medicine and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery," Brown said in a statement to The Chronicle.

Brown approved the ban after the public release of two other lists of bills signed and vetoed earlier Saturday. Lieu's bill is expected to appear on a new list to be released Sunday.


California Governor Jerry Brown Still Hasn't Signed Bill That Would Ban 'Ex-Gay' Therapy for Minors

A bill which was passed on August 30 that would ban harmful "ex-gay" therapy for minors has been sitting on Governor Jerry Brown's desk since then, and he has until midnight on Sunday to sign it.

Jerry_brownThe Courage Campaign writes:

At any moment, Gov. Brown will make a decision on SB 1172. It's a bill, sponsored by Sen. Ted Lieu, that would end psychological abuse of minors in California by preventing ex-gay "therapy" from being performed on them by deceitful mental health professionals -- the kind of therapy that can lead to alienation, depression, and LGBT kids taking their own lives.
 
Gov. Brown is under pressure from conservative, anti-gay organizations to veto the bill in an election year -- and he needs to hear from YOU. He has until Sept. 30th to sign SB 1172, he could sign or veto the bill today.

Sign the Courage Campaign's petition here.


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