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04/19/2007


Meg Whitman: 'I would Defend Prop 8'. Courage Campaign: 'You Can't'

At a news conference yesterday, California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman said that, unlike Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger or Attorney General Brown who have declined defending the measure, she would defend Proposition 8 if elected governor:

Whitman"The issue right now is, as I understand is 'Will Proposition 8 have the appropriate support to actually make an appeal to the circuit court of appeals?' " Whitman said. "And I think the governor, the attorney general today has to defend the constitution and has to enable the judicial process to go along and has to enable an appeal to go through. So if I was governor, I would give that ruling standing to be able to appeal to the circuit court."

The Courage Campaign took Whitman's hypothetical situation and threw it in the trash.

Said Courage Campaign director Rick Jacobs:

"She wouldn't be governor yet. The appeals court will decide before there would be a change of governor and attorney general...You're going to see us making it clear that Meg Whitman is unqualified to be governor on any stand."


Prop 8 Plaintiffs File Motion Opposing Judge Walker's Stay

The American Foundation for Equal Rights, who represented the plaintiffs in the Prop 8 trial, filed the motion yesterday, the day it was due.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and attorney general Jerry Brown filed their own motions yesterday as well.

Ob AFER issued the following statement calling for same-sex marriages in California to resume at once.

“The unconstitutionality of Proposition 8 has been proven beyond a doubt. Extending Prop. 8’s denial of fundamental constitutional rights represents a grave injustice. The time for the court’s ruling to go into effect is now. We welcome Governor Schwarzenegger’s and Attorney General Brown’s opposition of a stay after their thoughtful analysis of the evidence, the court’s ruling and the law.”

Read the full motion here.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights has published an explanation on the possible ways the stay could potentially play out:

"Judge Walker can decide whether to stay the decision for longer at any time. If he grants the motion to stay, same-sex couples will not be able to marry in California until after the appeal is finished. The Judge can also delay the decision for a short time until the Ninth Circuit appeals court decides whether they will order a stay. If Judge Walker denies the stay and permits his decision to take immediate effect, the Yes on 8 proponents can ask the Ninth Circuit appeals court to order an emergency stay. Several counties have announced that, if Judge Walker lifts the stay, they are ready to begin issuing licenses and performing civil ceremonies for same-sex couples."

Meanwhile, David Boies, one half of the team who repped the prop 8 plaintiffs, told a large crowd in San Francisco that he believes it is a "dead certainty" the case will end up in the hands of the US Supreme Court. Watch a clip of him speak, AFTER THE JUMP.

Finally, Equality California is calling on everyone to sign their electronic petition that urges Meg Whitman and Steve Cooley, who are running for the CA governorship and AG positions respectively, to state that they will refuse to defend Prop 8 in court if they are ever elected.

Sign it here.

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News: LeBron James Sucks What?, Glenn Beck U, Calamari Calamity, GLAAD Unhappy With The View

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Road Gay (but celibate) nominee Rev. Jeffrey John is probably out of the running to become Bishop of Southwark in South London.

Road Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council is praising Gov. Linda Lingle of Hawaii for vetoing civil unions. BTW, he's on the record calling for homosexuality to be criminalized and for gays to be deported from the United States.

Road LeBron James branded a "cocksucker"—in a bad way—by Gawker.

Road The psychic octopus (no sentence should ever begin this way, but there it is) who successfully predicted the outcome of all the German World Cup matches has received death threats.

AndresrMUNTANE4VES4Road Jon Kortajarena, Andrés Velencoso and more of the world's top male models get naked (NSFW) for V Magazine.

Road What it's like to enroll in Glenn Beck's Beck University. First course: Faith 101.

Road The Outrate Online Short Film Festival 2010 is under way. (NSFW ads.)

Road Homophobic, racist, anti-Semitic, misogynist...now Mel Gibson can add "wifebeater" to his résumé. Allegedly.

6a00d8341cabbe53ef0133f2224721970b-400wiRoad The video for "Crossfire"—Brandon Flowers's first-ever solo single—premieres in the U.K. today.

Road GLAAD is after The View, specifically appealing to Barbara Walters over Sherri Shepherd and guest host D.L. Hughley's misinformed remarks that HIV is more prevalent in black women due to the number of gay and bisexual black men on the downlow.

Road Gay men seeking asylum in the U.K. should be "free to enjoy themselves going to Kylie concerts and drinking exotically coloured cocktails." Nice thought, but probably not the main reason they fear returning to their home countries.

Aaron_schockRoad The Jim Carrey/Ewan McGregor gay-themed film I Love You, Phillip Morris was screened at The Budapest Gay Pride Festival on July 4. (Anyone see it?)

Road Republican Rep. Aaron Schock—who is absolutely not gay—is once again celebrated for his good looks. As a legislator, he makes a great fitness model.

Road The California governor race is all tied up. Which is good news and bad news for both Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman.

Road Gay activist Peter Rosenstein endorses D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray in the Washington, D.C., mayoral race. He'd previously worked as an advisor to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, but "it's another sign that many longtime local Democratic and civic activists are coalescing around Gray because of concerns about Fenty's personality and governing style."

Road A supplements supplement.


Primaries: Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina Win in CA; Lincoln in AR

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina came out on top in their California gubernatorial and Senate primaries, respectively:

Fiorina  "Ms. Fiorina, a former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, beat Tom Campbell, a former congressman, and Chuck DeVore, whose candidacy drew the backing of many Tea Party activists. She will face the incumbent senator, Barbara Boxer, a Democrat, in the fall. Ms. Whitman, the former chief executive of eBay and a billionaire, had invested a small share of her personal fortune to prevail in the governor’s race over Steve Poizner, the state insurance commissioner, who put $24 million of his own money into his primary campaign. She will challenge Jerry Brown, the state’s Democratic attorney general, who was first elected governor of California three decades ago."

Karen Ocamb at LGBT POV has more on a few other California candidates — LGBT and pro-LGBT candidates — who appear to have triumphed:

"As of midnight, with more than half of the precincts reporting, Victoria Kolakowski, a transgender administrative law judge and attorney for over 20 years is leading in her race for Alameda County Superior Court Judge with 46.11% of the vote, compared to her nearest competitor with 31.52% of the vote...In Southern California, openly gay Ricardo Lara, a founding member of HONOR PAC, appears to have won his race in the 50th Assembly District in the East LA area. He becomes the second openly gay Latino in the state Legislature in California history...And in what openly gay Assembly Speaker John A. Perez described as a “huge win,” pro-gay Democrat Matt Gatto beat National Organization for Marriage favorite Sunder Ramani who 'used H8 card with the Armenian community,' which backfired."

Here is the Victory Fund's report on openly gay candidates who won.

Senator Blanche Lincoln (D) fought off a left-wing challenge in Arkansas from Lt. Governor Bill Halter:

"Lincoln used a down-home pitch and the clout of the Democratic establishment to turn back Halter, the unions and an anti-incumbent tide that had already claimed two Senate colleagues. She defined herself as a sensible moderate in a polarized capital and leaned heavily on endorsements from President Obama and Bill Clinton. 'This is about us. This is about who we are as Arkansans,' she told supporters Tuesday night. 'Arkansans and this senator are going to be part of the solution.'"

Berry  In Virginia, GOProud-endorsed gay Republican Matthew Berry (who opposes changing DADT and believes in state rights on marriage) lost his primary:

"Matthew Berry, who’s gay and an attorney for the Federal Communications Commission, was seeking the Republican nomination to represent Virginia’s 8th congressional district, which comprises Arlington and Alexandria. But Berry lost to Patrick Murray, an Iraq war veteran, who took nearly 52 percent of the vote in a race where nearly 14,000 ballots were cast. Murray is set to face Democratic candidate Rep. Jim Moran this November in the general election. After conceding the race, Berry told the Blade he’s 'disappointed' he had insufficient votes to win the nomination, but said he felt he ran 'a very honorable and good campaign.'"

Murray is anti-gay, and was endorsed by the Log Cabin Republicans.

In Iowa, pro-marriage equality incumbent Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad fought off a wingnut challenger. One Iowa: "Despite mudslinging from his primary opponent, Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad emerged the clear winner in tonight's primary, capturing three quarters of his district's votes. 'We congratulate Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad on his decisive victory and welcome his continued leadership at the statehouse,' said One Iowa Executive Director Carolyn Jenison."

More on various races at Americablog...


News: Simon Curtis, Salt Lake City, The English Patient, Wisconsin

 road  Salt Lake City's landmark LGBT anti-discrimination ordinances take effect.

Simoncurtis road Who is Simon Curtis and why should you care?

 roadEnough is Enough: J Lo like you've never wanted to hear her before.

 roadFederal court in Wisconsin says transgender people can receive medical care while incarcerated: "This decision recognizes that many transgender prisoners require individualized medical treatment. While the court’s ruling does not require any particular treatment, it does mean that doctors are the ones who make these medical decisions."

 roadSpy who inspired The Engish Patient was gay: "Letters have surfaced in Germany proving that the World War Two spy who inspired the hero the the Oscar-winning film The English Patient was no womaniser but a gay man in love with a young soldier called Hans Entholt."

 roadJake Gyllenhaal looking good at Wondercon.

 roadNAACP President Benjamin Jealous blames LGBT community for lack of support of the gay rights movement from African-Americans.

 road  Andy Roddick wins one!

Alcide   roadFirst look: True Blood werewolf Alcide.

 roadThe Asian version of Jersey Shore now casting.

 roadFormer homophobe looks back on his religion-inspired bigotry: "My hatred of homosexuality finally subsided when I began questioning the Bible — the ultimate source of my hatred. Without the Bible, there was no reason to hate homosexuality. It was a natural desire, and though I didn’t have that desire myself, I wouldn’t want to be persecuted if I did. It didn’t hurt anyone and in fact made people happy. It was not rational to oppose it. Now both my friend and I are both vocal supporters of gay rights — and that means other people just as crazy as us can turn around too."

 roadMeg Whitman: Blinded by H8.

 roadGays protest Pope at NYC's St. Patrick's Cathedral.

 roadArrest made in Christmas Day murder at Houma, Louisiana gay bar: "A 23-year-old former employee of a gay bar has been booked with murdering the bar's manager, 39-year-old Robert LeCompte. Jorell Young was held in lieu of $2 million bond after being booked Friday with first-degree murder and armed robbery. Young was among the last people seen at the Drama Club before it closed Christmas morning, said Maj. Malcolm Wolfe, a spokesman for the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office."

Miguel   roadMale model fix: Miguel Iglesias.

 roadStudents urged to submit entries for Harvey Milk Day essay/art contest.

 roadRoyal sex tape blackmailer Ian Strachan paints horrific pictures of the Queen from his prison cell.

 roadSperm depicted with skulls in French AIDS-prevention ad.

 road'Ticked Off Trannies' protest tomorrow in NYC.

 roadGay blood donation: A pro-gay liberal woman with AIDS, whose husband is a hemophiliac who died of AIDS finds herself at conflict with the policy: "Today, Gerus-Darbison is caught in a trap set by history -- forced by terrible experiences into taking a position that challenges some of her core beliefs. Her plight and the public policy question at the heart of it have attracted little public notice. But the issue has turned Gerus-Darbison and others in the hemophilia community into an army of Davids standing in the path of political Goliaths -- America's highly organized gay rights community, the Red Cross, the American Medical Assn. and others."


Watch: CA Gubernatorial Hopeful Meg Whitman Won't Take Questions, Blocks Cameras at Press Conference She Called

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Running against the media is apparently Meg Whitman's campaign strategy.

The California GOP gubernatorial hopeful calls a press conference and then proceeds to refuse to answer questions, block cameras, and escort the press out of the room.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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